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writer - actor - director

AVAILABLE NOW: my new one-person play, CITY is crisply packaged, recorded and mastered, and available to stream for 9 days only. It's a piece I've written about stories and loss and how a city fizzes and throbs with both. And, for the first time, I'm performing onstage in something I've written. Filmed on the beautiful Everyman stage in a specially created work for viewing at home. Supported by the Everyman.

ALSO: planning for the production of WHALE later in 2021 (Arts Council of Ireland Project Award, Cork Opera House & Cork Midsummer Festival, developed as part of my Theatre Artist Residency UCC-COH). Also developing a piece called Humans: a robot musical for young people with the support of the Arts Council Theatre Bursary YPCE and Graffiti Theatre Company. My play The BelleVue has been selected for the Pavilion Play Platform in Spring 2021.

I recently appeared in Blackwater Babble (Brokencrow), This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Graffiti Theatre), The Big Chapel X (Asylum, Kilkenny Arts Festival), Evening Train (Everyman and Rosa Productions), The Lonesome West (Everyman) --- nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Theatre Awards --- Bluetooth (Everyman) and in The School (RTE, 2017).

I was the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence at Cork Opera House-UCC 2018 - 2020. I've been a recipient of an Arts Council Theatre Bursary for play-writing, a mentor on the Young Playwrights Programme with Fighting Words Cork, and creator of Hammergrin's In Darkness Vast. I wrote Stage Irish, which won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Playwrights Progress Award 2014 and co-wrote Hollander, nominated Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards.

Recent directing includes The Herd and The Seafarer (Play it By Ear, Everyman), In One Eye, Out the Other (Cccahoots, Dublin Fringe Festival and First Fortnight Festival) and WHALE (Cork Opera House, Midsummer Festival 2019).

Repped as an actor by Maureen and Eleanor at First Call Management


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April 16th -25th 2021

My brand new play, CITY,  a co-production with the Everyman. Available on demand for just 9 days! Get your stream here while you can

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