Deirdre Kinahan

Playwright
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Biography

Deirdre Kinahan is a Dublin-based playwright and theatre producer who founded and ran Tall Tales Theatre Company for 15 years and is currently a board member of Theatre Forum Ireland

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.

Her play Moment played at the Bush to critical acclaim and sell out audiences in 2011 whilst her latest play These Halcyon Days won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival 2013. Her latest play Spinning opened at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2014.

Deirdre has also been part of the Open Court season at the Royal Court with a play about the Irish economic crisis.

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Theatre

Writer

 
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
     
     
    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

    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