Deirdre Kinahan

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Deirdre Kinahan is a Dublin-based playwright and theatre producer.   

Deirdre wrote her first play in 1999 when a group of women at Ruhama Women's Project asked her to write a play about their lives as prostitutes. Be Carna was widely regarded as a powerful debut.

Deirdre’s play MOMENT played at the Bush Theatre to critical acclaim and sell out audiences in 2011 whilst These Halcyon Days won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. SPINNING, 2014 was a sell out hit at the Dublin Theatre Festival and opens in Chicago next Spring whilst her latest drama WILD SKY written in commemoration of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 opened in Ireland in 2016 before transferring to New York.

Deirdre has been part of the Open Court season at the Royal Court with a play about the Irish economic crisis and is currently writing for the Old Vic New Voices Programme.

Deirdre is a member of the Board of the Abbey Theatre and is published by Nick Hern Books.

In 2016, Deirdre was invited to join the prestigious Irish cultural group Aosdána.




Director Jo Mangan
  • Catriona Ennis

    A rich powerful new play by Deirdre Kinahan exploring the extraordinary energy and complexity of events in Ireland in the lead up to Easter 1916.

    Bewleys Theatre, Dublin
    Producer Clemmie Forfar
    Director Alex Ferris

    Community project with the Old Vic.

    Old Vic
    Producer Fishamble

    New Commission

    Commission with Fishamble Theatre, Dublin
    Fishamble Theatre
    Director Richard Twyman
  • Paul Chahidi
  • Nadia Clifford
  • Mariah Gale
  • Robert Lonsdale
    Short play about the effect of the economic downturn in Ireland, part of the Open Court season
    Royal Court Theatre
    Halcyon Days
    Winner: Fringe First, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    Director David Horan
  • Stephen Brennan
  • Anita Reeves

    A celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance

    Smock Alley Theatre Dublin, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
    Producer Marketa Dowling
    Director Jim Culleton
  • Steve Blount
  • Peter Daly
  • Robert Donnelly
  • Mary Murray
    Part of Tiny Plays For Ireland, building a picture of Ireland at the crossroads through a series of three minute plays
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin
    Director Jonathan Berry
  • James Allen
  • Maggie Cain
  • Cynthia Marker
  • Josh Odor
    American premiere of Deirdre's incisive look at one family torn apart by a dark secret
    Steep Theatre, Chicago
    The Transgressor was created as part of the epic performance cycle commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Bush's new theatre
    The Bush Theatre, London
    Winner Irish Festival New York: Best Production
    Producer Tall Tales Theatre Company
    Director Jo Mangan
  • Steve Blount
  • Noelle Brown
  • Sorcha Fox
  • Emmet Kirwan
    An unusual friendship develops between two people trying to forget the past
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Irish Arts Centre, New York
    Director David Horan
  • Deirdre Donnelly
  • Maeve Fitzgerald
  • Alan King
  • Ronan Leahy
    When the prodigal son returns both he and the rest of his family struggle with why he left and why they wish he'd never come back
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin. The Bush Theatre, London
    Director Tamara Harvey
  • Francesca Annis
  • Debbie Chazen
  • Richard Cordery
  • Hugh Skinner
    Short play as part of the celebrations of the Bush Theatre's new building
    The Bush Theatre
    Two cousins are reunited after a family funeral
    Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Oran Mor, Irish Rep, New York
    The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
    Play for children
    Irish Tour
    Bewley's Cafe Theatre
    When Mr Kane and Kathleen meet eating lunch on a park bench, they end up sharing more than just their sandwiches: together, they learn to count their blessings and face the challenges of love
    Diversions Theatre, Dublin
    Play for children
    Ramor Theatre, Cavan
    Writer Alice Barry

    Co-written with Alice Barry

    Dublin Theatre Festival
    Play for children
    Ramor Theatre, Cavan
    Civic Theatre, Dublin
    Civic Theatre, Dublin
    Dublin Writers Museum
    Civic Theatre, Dublin
    Five women explore their lives as prostitutes on the streets of Dublin
    Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin




    Radio 4 debut about a Dublin secretary and mother who finds the body of a young woman dumped on her doorstep.

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    1 x 60'

    Broadcaster RTE




    Co-commission with Ian Fitzgibbon

    Irish Film Board
    In development