Deirdre Kinahan

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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.




Commission with Fishamble Theatre, Dublin
Fishamble Theatre
Director Richard Twyman
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Winner Irish Festival New York: Best Production
    Producer Tall Tales Theatre Company
    Director Jo Mangan
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Writer Alice Barry

    Co-written with Alice Barry

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

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    1 x 60'

    Broadcaster RTE




    Co-commission with Ian Fitzgibbon

    Irish Film Board
    In development