Deirdre Kinahan

Playwright
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Biography

Deirdre Kinahan is actively involved in the Irish Theatre Sector both as Playwright and Producer. Deirdre is Literary Associate with Meath Councy Council Arts Office, has served as board member for the Abbey Theatre and Theatre Forum Ireland and is an adviser to the Stewart Parkert Trust. Her work is translated into many languages and produced regularly both in Ireland and on the International stage. 

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) and most recently Unmanageable Sisters, an adaptation of Michael Tremblay's Les Belles Soeurs for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. 

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 and 2017. 

CV

Theatre

Writer

Director Graham McLaren
 

A new version of Michel Temblay's Les Belles Soeurs at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Abbey Theatre
 
Starring
  • Julie Walters
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    Part of the Old Vic's One Voice series of monologues. 

    Old Vic
     
    Director Jim Culleton
     

    A victim comes face to face with their perpetrator 20 years after the crime.  A play about justice and rehabilitation.

    Fishamble, Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival
     
     

    A new play commemorating the end of World War I

    Pentabus, UK Tour
     
     

    A new children's play with music where a forgotten imaginary friend is trying to find his way home to the lost kingdom of Yugoslavia.

    Meath County Council, Tour
     
     

    A new play inspired by Frederick Douglas, famous American Abolitionist who visited Ireland in 1846.

    Solas Nua, Washington DC.
     
     

    New commission.

    Manhattan Theatre Company
     
    Producer Clemmie Forfar
    Director Alex Ferris
     

    Community project with the Old Vic.

    Old Vic
     
    Director Jo Mangan
    Starring
  • Catriona Ennis
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    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
     
    Director Jim Culleton
    Starring
  • Caitriona Ennis
  • Fiona Bell
  • Janet Moran
  • ​Karl Shiels
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    A contemporary tragedy set in a small town.

    Fishamble Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
     
    Director Richard Twyman
    Starring
  • Paul Chahidi
  • Nadia Clifford
  • Mariah Gale
  • Robert Lonsdale
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
     
    Director David Horan
     
    Two cousins are reunited after a family funeral
    Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Oran Mor, Irish Rep, New York
     
     
    Play for children
    Irish Tour
     
    Director Alan King
    Starring
  • Georgina McKevitt
  •  
    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
     
    Director Padraic McIntyre
     

    Play for children. An adaptation of a Russian Fairytale which tells how an old couple befriend a snowchild who comes to life. 

    Ramor Theatre, Cavan
     
    Writer Alice Barry
     

    Co-written with Alice Barry

    Dublin Theatre Festival
     
    Director Padraic McIntyre
     

    Play for children. Adaptation of an Enid Blyton story which tells of the goings on in the toy room of Mary Spratt.

    Ramor Theatre, Cavan
     
    Director Gerry Morgan
    Starring
  • Evan Holton
  • Roisin Kearney
  • Victoria Monkhouse
  • Maureen Collende
  • Eithne McGuinness
  •  
    Five women explore their lives as prostitutes on the streets of Dublin
    Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin
     

    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
     

    Film

    Writer

     

    Co-commission with Ian Fitzgibbon

    Irish Film Board
    In development