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writer - actor - director

2020: Currently working on a new one-person play, CITY, for premiere in February (supported by the Everyman & Cork City Council), and planning for the production of WHALE in June 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


what I'm up to


CITY - new solo work

December 2020

Finalising the rehearsal draft of ciTy for production in early 2021. A solo work for large, dense populations. With the support of the Everyman, Cork City Council and Graffiti Theatre Company.

WHALE - pre-production on new show

Coming June 2021

A lavish world premiere of an epic show I've been working on for three years. With the support of an Arts Council Project award, UCC and Cork Opera House and Cork Midsummer Festival.

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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