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 new 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.

CV

Theatre
Writer
Spinning 2014
Fishamble Theatre
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Commission with Fishamble Theatre, Dublin

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Piigs 2013
Royal Court Theatre
Director Richard Twyman
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
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

Smock Alley Theatre Dublin, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
Director David Horan
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
Starring Stephen Brennan & Anita Reeves

A celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance

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Broken 2012
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Producer Marketa Dowling
Director Jim Culleton
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
Starring Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Robert Donnelly, Mary Murray & Kate Stanley Brennan

Part of Tiny Plays For Ireland, building a picture of Ireland at the crossroads through a series of three minute plays

Moment 2012
Steep Theatre, Chicago
Director Jonathan Berry
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
Starring James Allen, Maggie Cain, Cynthia Marker, Josh Odor & Julia Siple

American premiere of Deirdre's incisive look at one family torn apart by a dark secret

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66 Books 2011
The Bush Theatre, London
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

The Transgressor was created as part of the epic performance cycle commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Bush's new theatre

Bogboy 2011
Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Irish Arts Centre, New York
Producer Tall Tales Theatre Company
Director Jo Mangan
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
Starring Steve Blount, Noelle Brown, Sorcha Fox & Emmet Kirwan

An unusual friendship develops between two people trying to forget the past

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Moment 2011
Project Arts Centre, Dublin. The Bush Theatre, London
Director David Horan
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
Starring Deirdre Donnelly, Maeve Fitzgerald, Alan King, Ronan Leahy & Natalie Radmall-Quirke

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

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The Bush Theatre
Director Tamara Harvey
Writer Deirdre Kinahan
Starring Francesca Annis, Debbie Chazen, Richard Cordery, Hugh Skinner & Hugo Speer

Short play as part of the celebrations of the Bush Theatre's new building

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God's Hotel 2010

Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Oran Mor, Irish Rep, New York
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Two cousins are reunited after a family funeral

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Salad Days 2009
The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Maisy Daly's Rainbow 2008
Irish Tour
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Play for children

Rebecca's Robin 2006
Bewley's Cafe Theatre
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Melody 2005
Diversions Theatre, Dublin
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

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

The Snow Child 2004
Ramor Theatre, Cavan
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Play for children

Rum & Raisin 2003
Dublin Theatre Festival
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Tall of the Blue Eyed Cat 2003
Ramor Theatre, Cavan
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Play for children

Attaboy Mr Synge 2002
Civic Theatre, Dublin
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Knocknashee 2002
Civic Theatre, Dublin
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Summer Fruits 2001
Dublin Writers Museum
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Passage 2000
Civic Theatre, Dublin
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Be Carna 1999
Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Five women explore their lives as prostitutes on the streets of Dublin

Radio
Writer
BBC Radio 4
 
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Radio 4 debut about a Dublin secretary and mother who finds the body of a young woman dumped on her doorstep.

 
Bogboy 1 x 60' 2008
RTE
 
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

 
Film
Writer
Island Feature
2013
Irish Film Board
In development
Writer Deirdre Kinahan

Co-commission with Ian Fitzgibbon