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Full Length: Giddyup's Way
One Act:      Dope 
Short:           The Search
                     Same Difference



  • Winner of Eamon Keane Full Length Play, Listowel Writers Week - Giddyup's Way (2020)

  • Winner of Billy Roche Best International Short Play Award - The Search (2020)

  • Winner of Cork Arts Theatre Best New Play and Best Actress Award, Writers Week - Dope (2014) 

  • Shortlisted for Women's Prize for Playwriting UK/Ireland (Paines Plough, London) - Giddyup's Way (2021)

  • Finalist in Scripts Ireland, Playwriting Festival - Same Difference (2021) 


  • Accepted for mentorship on The Abbey Theatre 'Abbey Begins' programme, based on my writings (2019)

  • Accepted for mentorship with Glass Mask Theatre, with Jimmy Murphy based on my writings (2019)

  • Awarded residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre from Meath Arts Council (2021)

  • My work has had Professional Readings with The New Theatre, Dublin, The Solstice, Navan, and at Scripts Playwriting Festival with Actors; Geraldine Plunkett, Phelim Drew, Daniel, Reardon, Sue Collins, Stephen Jones, Lorna Quinn, Liam Carney, Lauren Larkin, Charlie Bonner, Catherine Walsh, and with Directors Jim Culleton of Fishamble Theatre, Ronan Leahy and Caroline Fitzgerald.

  • Letter of recommendation from The Royal Court Theatre, London. (click on font)

  • Review of 'Giddyup's Way' from Emer O'Kelly, Irish Independent and Adjudicator of Eamon Keane Award:


"The play is, of course, extremely topical which adds to its power. But I have chosen it for its quality and professionalism: there can easily be topicality without originality, theatricality, or good stagecraft.


This play has all three.  The characters are fully drawn with a strong base in reality, and the tragic situation is drawn with a masterly touch: I particularly liked the sequence in which the husband desperately tries  to draw a picture of hope for his wife by harking back to their very “normal;” honeymoon.


It gets into the blood of an audience without in any way yielding to sentimentality which would  take away from its dramatic impact, and stays in the memory with chilling effect. A fine, intelligent, aware piece of stagecraft."


Emer O’Kelly,

March 18th, 2020

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