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writer - actor - director

2020: Currently working on a new musical for young people with the support of a Theatre Bursary YPCE grant from the Arts Council and writing a new project with Cork City Council funding and the support of the Everyman.

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'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


what I'm up to


The Herd

5 Dec

My new play THE HERD will be on at the Everyman, as part of the 'Play it by Ear' season. With a fantastic cast including Katie Holly, Dominic Moore, Irene Kelleher, Timmy Creed and Amber Deasy. Sound design by the brilliant Fiona Sheil


Sep - Dec 2020

Researching and writing a new project with Cork City Council support and with the support of the Everyman.

In Darkness Vast

Writing and producing the  Sci-Fi audiodrama

Currently working on season three of this series, approaching 100,000 listens. It's available on Spotify, iTunes and all podcast platforms.

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