Oisín
Kearney

Oisín Kearney is an Irish Writer and Director for stage and screen.

He co-wrote and directed the one-man play ‘My Left Nut’, produced as part of 'Show in a Bag' programme, an initiative run by the Dublin Fringe Festival and Fishamble. It was nominated for the Best Show Under One Hour at the Dublin Fringe Awards and won a Summerhall Lustrum Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. His co-author Michael Patrick acted in the piece. The pair have since adapted the play into a 3x30’ television series for BBC Three, which will be aired in late 2019/ early 2020.

Oisín and Michaels’ second play ‘The Alternative’ was the winner of Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland initiative. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Ireland’s only Olivier winning theatre company set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND. It premieres at the Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2019 and tours 6 theatres around the country. Oisín is one of 16 writers involved in BBC writers room’s “Belfast Voices”, developing talent in Northern Ireland.

Oisín has worked with Willy Russel, re-contextualising two of his plays to Belfast for the Lyric Theatre - Educating Rita (2016) and Shirley Valentine (2019). Oisín has Assistant Directed the Lyric's productions Educating Rita and Good Vibrations is the Lyric's trainee Assistant Director. He has worked as Assistant Producer on Oscar-longlisted and Emmy-nominated documentary ELIÁN, Irish box-office smash hit 66 DAYS, and recently directed his first feature documentary BOJAYÁ: Caught In The Crossfire.

CV

Television

Co-writer 

My Left Nut
3 x 30’
Producer Kay Mellor & Tommy Bulfin
Director Paul Gay
Starring
  • Sinead Keenan
  • Co- writer Michael Patrick

    Based on true events in Michael’s life. An adaptation of Michael and Oisín’s smash hit play. 

    Rollem Productions for BBC Three
    In development

    Writer 

    Producer Marie McDonald & Marc Mcelroy
    Director Keri Collins

    Wrote various sketches for season 2 of this Northern Irish comedy. Created the character “Pastor John” for Welsh comedian Mick Bubbins. 

    BBC Northern Ireland

    Director 

    Producer Trevor Birney

    Feature length documentary following a community leader in Colombia working to protect his community and save the peace process, 16 years after his community facing the worst atrocity of the conflict.

    Fine Point Films for Screen Ireland, NI Screen, KEW Media Corporation
    Producer Jos de Putter

    Short documentary for Dutch TV on the rise of dissident republicanism among disillusioned young men in the wake of Brexit.

    DEEP FOCUS Webdocs for NPO 2/HUMAN 200,000+ viewers
    Producer Jos de Putter

    Short documentary for Dutch TV on the uncertainties in a town on the Irish border, following the Brexit vote.

    DEEP FOCUS Webdocs for NPO 1 300,000+ viewers
    Producer Michael Fanning

    BBC True North documentary on a female bodybuilder in Northern Ireland, and what the lifestyle entails.

    BBC Northern Ireland

    Theatre

    Co-writer 

    Director Jim Culleton
    Starring
  • Lorcan Cranitch
  • Rory Nolan
  • Arthur Riordan
  • Maeve Fitzgerald
  • Co-writer Michael Patrick​

    Winner of Fishamble’s “A Play for Ireland” initiative. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Ireland’s only Olivier winning theatre company set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate

    Fishamble, The Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavillion Theatre, Draiocht Theatre, Belltable and Limetree, Town Hall Theatre Galway, Everyman Theatre, Lyric Theatre

    Director & Co-writer 

    Co-writer Michael Patrick

    Winner: Summerhall Lustrum Award. Edinburgh Fringe ‘18

    Selected: Best of the fringe lists by The Guardian & The Sunday Times. Edinburgh Fringe ‘18

    Nominated: Bewley’s Little Gem Award. Dublin Fringe ‘17

    Dublin Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Prime Cut Productions

    Director 

    Writer Enda Walsh

    A Pan Narrans Production

    Belfast Culture Night
    Writer Tim Crouch

    A Pan Narrans Production

    Lyric Theatre Belfast

    Assistant Director 

    Director Des Kennedy
    Writer Colin Carberry and Glen Patterson

    Writer & Assistant Director 

    Director Emma Jordan
    Writer Willy Russell

    Adapted from Willy Russell. Prime Cut Productions

    Lyric Theatre Belfast

    Writer 

    Writer Willy Russell

    Adapted from Willy Russell 

    Lyric Theatre Belfast