Deirdre Kinahan

Playwright
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Biography

Deirdre Kinahan is actively involved in the Irish Theatre Sector both as Playwright and Producer. She is an elected member of Aosdána, Ireland’s association of outstanding artists. Deirdre is Literary Associate with Meath Councy Council Arts Office, she has served as board member for the Abbey Theatre and Theatre Forum Ireland and is an advisor to the Stewart Parkert Trust whose mission is to encourage new writing for the stage. Her work is translated into many languages and produced regurlarly both in Ireland and on the International stage. She is published by Nick Hern Books.

Her plays include: Wild Sky, Spinning, Halcyon Days , Bogboy , Moment, Hue & Cry, Melody, Maisy Daly's Rainbow.
For Radio: Bogboy (RTE) & A Bag on Ballyfinch Place (BBC)


Deirdre is currently under commission to Manhattan Theatre Club (New York), Fishamble Theatre Company (Ireland), The Old Vic Theatre (London), Solas Nua Theatre Company Washington DC, Pentabus Theatre Company UK, Meath County Council (Ireland) and has numerous other theatre, film and writing projects in development.


Her work has won many awards most notably a Fringe First for Halcyon Days in 2013 and the Tony Doyle Bursary with BBC Northern Ireland 2009. She is the recipient of the Jim McNaughton Tilestyle Artist Bursary 2013, A Pegggy Ramsay Award 2014 and Arts Council of Ireland Commission Award 2015&2017. Plays have been nominated by numerous international award committees: Westies London, Helen Hayes Washington DC, Jeffs Chicago, Doras Toronto.

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Radio

Writer

 

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
 
Bogboy
1 x 60'
2008
 

Broadcaster RTE
 

Theatre

Writer

Writer 
Starring
  • Julie Walters
  •  
    Old Vic
     
    Writer 
     
    Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival
     
     
    Meath County Council, Tour
     
    Writer 
     
    Solas Nua, Washington DC.
     
    Writer 
     
    Abbey Theatre
     
     

    New commission with Manhattan Theatre Company

     
    Director Jo Mangan
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
     
    Bogboy
    Winner Irish Festival New York: Best Production
    Producer Tall Tales Theatre Company
    Director Jo Mangan
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
     

    Film

    Writer

     

    Co-commission with Ian Fitzgibbon

    Irish Film Board
    In development