writer - actor - director

I am a playwright, performer & director and currently in residence as Theatre Artist at Cork Opera House and University College Cork.

2020: Currently acting in The Lonesome West (Everyman) and writing WHALE, with a new play in development at the Abbey Theatre in April. 

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 In One Eye, Out the Other (Cccahoots, Dublin Fringe Festival and First Fortnight Festival), WHALE (Cork Opera House, Midsummer Festival), Learning How to Leave the World (UCC MA show 2019) and Don't Smile Til Christmas (Activate 2018).


what I'm up to


The Lonesome West

April 2020

Returning to play Valene in the Everyman's revival of our hugely popoular 2018 run.

Cork Opera House and UCC Theatre artist in residence 2019/20

2019 & 2020

Developing WHALE with theatre, dance and music artists through late 2019 and 2020


©2020 John McCarthy