Elaine Murphy

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Irish playwright Elaine Murphy's debut play, Little Gem, premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008 and played to packed audiences during its sellout run. The play won the Fishamble New Writing Award and a nomination for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards before transferring to Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, where it won the 2009 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

Elaine's second play, Ribbons, was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre for The Fairer Sex, a series of short plays from leading female playwrights.

Elaine is the winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award for 2009 and was chosen as a participant of ‘Six in the Attic’, an initiative funded by the Irish Arts Council which provides six theatre artists with space, time, support and the practical resources needed to explore, develop and make work in a conducive environment.

Elaine's most recent play, Shush, an Abbey Theatre commission, premiered in 2013 and she is currently under commission from the Abbey Theatre. 

This is a play that, like its characters, gurgles and giggles with life even in the face of death.

Lyn Gardner
The Guardian on Little Gem

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 For a first work it strikes me as remarkable.

Charles Spencer
The Telegraph on Little Gem

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New commission from the Abbey Theatre currently in development

Abbey Theatre
DirectorJim Culleton
  • Eva Bartley
  • Barbara Brennan
  • Niamh Daly
  • Deirdre Donnelly
    Play about a fifty-something woman facing a birthday under trying circumstances
    Abbey Theatre
    DirectorWayne Jordan
  • Simon Boyle
  • Jane Brennan

    Short play presented as part of The Fairer Sex

    Abbey Theatre
    ProducerCivic Theatre and Gunu Nua Theatre Company
    DirectorPaul Meade
  • Anita Reeves
  • Hidla Fay
  • Sarah Greene
    The story of three generations of women in a working class Dublin family.
    Gúna Nua and Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin