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RSVP; theatre, film, events, workshops.

We create art, nurture artists, and envelop & develop community.

32.  McCarthy's Community Talent Competition 2009-current (performance arts participation) Producer Yvonne Coughlan.

2020 Postponement Message.

2019 Promo shoot. Pics John Allen & Final selfie.

Open to all schools primary and secondary in Cork area and beyond. Performance arts participation project. Free Entry! Free Training!  
€150 prize money each category!

2013 to present  Auditions are held at The Old Cork Waterworks, Lifetime Lab, Lee Road and the Bootcamp and Final at Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork.

Here are some of the team at the 2019 launch. Pic John Allen. 
We've been going since 2009, and this event has become a strong and vibrant event in the Cork calendar. Each year the team is strengthened not only by wonderful volunteers, but by the return of our talented young people as mentors to those who come after them. Our event is more than a competition, it is an opportunity to learn, to share, to express, to explore and to support, and in turn be supported, within a creative community. Professional and amateurs working together make the magic and realise the potential in our young people. If you're an arts professional looking to give back, or a community member looking to pay it forward                                                                                                                    Join us!

2018 Final.  Filmed and Edited by Jacub Walutek.

Here's a mixed gallery of fun times, and beautiful people, and awesome memories, through the years.

For the 2017 Final joining the auditions judges theatre director Judie Chalmers, and Crux Entertainment’s Shane Ryan on the judging panel, are three more performance arts legends from Cork. The Irish Film Academy Director & Founder, Rachel Sarah Murphy, Fair City fans will remember this Film & TV actress fondly as Jo; along with the artistic director of Chattyboo Productions, a stage and musical actress from the age of 10, Angela Newman tales a break from her tour with Cyclone Rep to offer the voice of experience to our young contestants; and last but not least, singer/guitarist, Fiona Kennedy is currently working on her new album, but she has plenty of tips for our finalists, since she won Ireland’s first ever televised talent show, Screentest.

2017 Promo; excerpts of Auditions and Final 2016.  Video by Maurice Supple,
blue shed productions.

2016 Bootcamp; Firkin Crane. Espiritomundo video.

MCTC 2016. Image from Film screen on Firkin Crane Stage. Pic. Alex Cepile.

2016 Promo; excerpts of 2015 Final. Video by Maurice Supple,
blue shed productions.

Promo shoot 2014. New judge Shane Ryan with Mentors Livy Riordan and Orla Myers. 2013 Jnr winners Lyrical, Kieran Mccarthy, and Snr winner Shauna Nolan.

2013 Promos; excerpts of 2012 auditions. Video by Maurice Supple,
blue shed productions.


2012 Auditions Lifetime Lab 29th April 11am-7pm. 

Bootcamp 6th May 12-4pm CADA, Pine Street. 

Final 9th May 7-9.30pm The Clarion Hotel. Cork. 2012.

2012 Auditions. Video by Maurice Supple, blue shed productions.  

Bootcamp 2012 at CADA. Video by Maurice Supple, blue shed productions.  


2011 Auditions Lifetime, culminating with a final in The Vertigo Suite, County Hall. 7.30-10pm. 27th April, 2011.

(Inset Winner Shannon White.)

2011 Team
Mentors: Nicki Ffrench Davies and Livy Riordan. 
Judges Clare Mansfield and Tess Healy Maguire.   
Videographer  Rob Mullins.


Judges: Elaine Canning, Laura Mitchell, Claire Mansfield.  

Final-Silversprings Convention Center Saturday 26th June.

2010 Auditions-Blackrock Castle Observatory Saturday 19th June.

Mentors to contestants: Livy Riordan, Noelle O'Regan.

2010 Final. Video and Edit Brian Stynes Productions.


The inaugural 2009 Auditions were held in Blackrock Castle.

The Final took place at Blackrock Hurling Club. 08 May 2009. (Inset)

Judges: Elaine Canning, Claire Mansfield, Gerry Kelly, Jon Whitty, Aaron Wolfe.