Darren is an award-winning Irish playwright and poet. His plays have been produced in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York.

Darren's plays and readings for the Abbey Theatre include Home Game, The Barkhausen Effect and Home-from-Home. Other plays include, Dayshift (Tramedautore Theatre Festival – Milan, Festival on the Crisis PIIGS - Barcelona), Voices in the Rubble (Rapid Lemon Productions, Baltimore), Tuesday Evening (following the news) (Fishamble), A Bucket Full of Fire (Sheer Tantrum/Pandora), The Bird Trap (Three Streets Theatre Company), Keep the Home Fires Burning (Comedians Theatre Company) Revelations, Propelled Upright (Dublin Fringe Festival) Waitin 4 Johno (Crooked House), Bedlam (Dublin Theatre Festival), and Dual Cats with One Crayfish (Irish Repertory Theatre, NYC).

Darren won the Bread and Roses Playwriting Award, 2019 and the Radius Playwriting Competition, 2020 in association with Finborough Theatre.  He was awarded the Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Award, 2020.

Darren is currently developing a new play with Druid Theatre Company.

His plays are published by the Irish Theatre Institute, Stagescripts UK and New Island Drama.

Darren’s poetry was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2020.




Play for the New Works Reading Series 2017.

Irish Repertory Theatre
Producer Comedians Theatre Company

Part of the 6 x 6 x 6 comedy production.

Edinburgh Fringe
Director Lance Bankerd

Contemporary one-act play taken to Baltimore in May for six performances. 

Motor House

Commission currently in development

Abbey Theatre
Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company

Commission currently in development

Director Jim Culleton

Part of Tiny Plays for Ireland/America

Irish Arts Centre, New York
Director Elisabetta Carosio

Play following a new employee as he enters a vast and complex company

Tramedautore Theatre Festival
Director Maisie Lee

Public reading at The Peacock

Abbey Theatre
Director Maeve Stone
  • Andrew Bennett
  • Pat Nolan
  • Short play reading about two men who clash over the line up of a local football team in Ireland

    Abbey Theatre
    Keep the Home Fires Burning
    Winner: The Audience Choice Award, Scripts
    Director Lisa Daly & Angela Whyte

    Absurdist play where a couple face losing their home

    Smock Alley
    Producer Sheer Tantrum
    Director Vincent A O’ Reilly
  • Grace Barry
  • Vincent Browning
  • John Morton
  • Sinead O’Brien
  • Simon Toal
  • Six people gather around a well as dawn approaches, but not all of them will survive to see the sun rise

    Smock Alley
    Director Annabelle Comyn

    Public reading as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

    Project Arts Centre

    Short play exploring Ireland in the 1950s inspired by the Abbey Theatre's production of Tom Murphy's The House

    Abbey Theatre
    Producer Three Streets Theatre Company
    Director Alice Malin

    Play exploring the effects of working in an environment where everything is for sale but nothing has value

    The Lost Theatre
    Producer Fishamble
    Director Jim Culleton

    A couple plan their suicide one Tuesday evening (following the news), produced as part of Tiny Plays for Ireland

    Projects Arts Centre
    Producer Pandora Theatre Company
    Director Darren Donohue

    Play looking at forty years of marriage in forty minutes

    Pearse Centre
    Shortlisted: Stewart Parker Award
    Producer Crooked House Theatre Company

    Lyrical play following the reminiscences of a chair-bound old man, but all is not as it appears

    Project Cube