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.
A new version of Michel Temblay's Les Belles Soeurs at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Part of the Old Vic's One Voice series of monologues.
A victim comes face to face with their perpetrator 20 years after the crime. A play about justice and rehabilitation.
A new play commemorating the end of World War I
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.
A new play inspired by Frederick Douglas, famous American Abolitionist who visited Ireland in 1846.
Community project with the Old Vic.
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.
A contemporary tragedy set in a small town.
A celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance
Play for children. An adaptation of a Russian Fairytale which tells how an old couple befriend a snowchild who comes to life.
Co-written with Alice Barry
Play for children. Adaptation of an Enid Blyton story which tells of the goings on in the toy room of Mary Spratt.