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.
New commission from the Abbey Theatre currently in development
Director Jim CulletonStarring
Play about a fifty-something woman facing a birthday under trying circumstances
Director Wayne JordanStarring
Short play presented as part of The Fairer Sex
Producer Civic Theatre and Gunu Nua Theatre Company
Director Paul MeadeStarring
The story of three generations of women in a working class Dublin family.
Gúna Nua and Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin