'I love Deirdre Kinahan’s writing. She has spent her career charting the contemporary female heart.'
on The Visit
‘two gripping, emotionally raw performances … fluidly filmed production’
on The Saviour
‘This riveting play … explodes expectations’ ★★★★
on The Saviour
The warp of Kinahan's episodic script realistically depicts the inner life and outer journey of a breast cancer survivor
on In The Middle Of The Field
"unashamedly humanistic - 4****"
The Irish Times
The Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan is almost unknown in this country. In her homeland and Great Britain, Kinahan, born in Dublin in 1968, has been awarded numerous prizes for her extensive stage work. With the German-language premiere of the play "The Incident", which was created in 2018, the Staatstheater Mainz now shows that an author can be discovered here who treats explosive contemporary topics in an entertaining and gripping way.
on Rathmines Road
"Deirdre Kinahan has a keen contemporary sensibility and it shines through this period piece"
Following the story of two sisters, Outrage is a play that explores the true nature of women’s role in the Irish revolutionary wars and in particular the Civil War in 1922
A funny, heart-warming, touching new play that explores a hidden social reality we are only beginning to understand.
Explores the topic of breast cancer survival.
Brought together 14 writers, 14 directors, and 14 actors to give voice to the men, woman, and children who were killed in Croke Park on 21 November 1920. Performed 100 years on in November 2020.
As part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2020
A muddy, complicated, poetic, bloody, and heroic tale of a politically motivated industrial action, in which three characters deal with a pivotal moment during the Irish War of Independence.
Fifty writers from Ireland, with unique additional contributions from the USA, China and Italy, were commissioned to each write a monologue to be performed by fifty actors and to be streamed across four nights on the theatre's YouTube channel.
A new version of Michel Temblay's Les Belles Soeurs at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Part of the Old Vic's One Voice series of monologues.
A victim comes face to face with their perpetrator 20 years after the crime. A play about justice and rehabilitation.
A new play commemorating the end of World War I
A new children's play with music where a forgotten imaginary friend is trying to find his way home to the lost kingdom of Yugoslavia.
A new play inspired by Frederick Douglas, famous American Abolitionist who visited Ireland in 1846.
Community project with the Old Vic.
A rich powerful new play by Deirdre Kinahan exploring the extraordinary energy and complexity of events in Ireland in the lead up to Easter 1916.
A contemporary tragedy set in a small town.
A celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance
Play for children. An adaptation of a Russian Fairytale which tells how an old couple befriend a snowchild who comes to life.
Co-written with Alice Barry
Play for children. Adaptation of an Enid Blyton story which tells of the goings on in the toy room of Mary Spratt.
The Saviour charts an extraordinary shift in Ireland’s social, political and religious life, asking questions about responsibility, how we respond to trauma and the tricky question of forgiveness.