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1953 -

McGuinness was born in Buncrana, Co Donegal. He has written extensively for the Irish theatre, both original scripts and translations. His awards include the London Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright for Observe the Sons of Ulster in 1985, and a Tony Award for his 1997 adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House. He has published several volumes of poetry and wrote the screenplay for Pat O'Connor's 1998 film version of Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. He is a writer-in-residence at UCD. He lives in Dublin.


Play Title Playwright
Baglady Frank McGuinness
Borderlands Frank McGuinness
Brides of Ladybag Frank McGuinness
Carthaginians Frank McGuinness
Dear Ireland I Blindboy Boatclub Dermot Bolger Pom Boyd Sinéad Burke Karen Cogan John Connors Carys D. Coburn Kit de Waal Shaun Dunne Iseult Golden Stacey Gregg Sarah Hanly Nancy Harris David Ireland Thomas Kane Byrne Colm Keegan (2) Sonya Kelly Deirdre Kinahan Emmet Kirwan Darach Mac Con Iomaire Manchán Magan Aoife Martyn Owen McCafferty Rosaleen McDonagh Frank McGuinness Meadhbh McHugh Una McKevitt Phillip McMahon Andrea Molino Gina Moxley Jimmy Murphy Zoe Ní Riordáin Edna O'Brien Eva O'Connor Joseph O'Connor (1) John O'Donovan (2) Mark O'Halloran Jody O'Neill Shane O'Reilly Margaret Perry Ursula Rani Sarma Arthur Riordan Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Abbie Spallen Feli Speaks Keith James Walker Enda Walsh Michael West Carmel Winters Zhu Yi
Dolly West's Kitchen Frank McGuinness
Donegal Kevin Doherty Frank McGuinness
Feed the Money and Keep Them Coming Frank McGuinness
Flesh and Blood Frank McGuinness
Gates of Gold Frank McGuinness
Gatherers Frank McGuinness
Greta Garbo Came to Donegal Frank McGuinness
Innocence Frank McGuinness
Ladybag Frank McGuinness
Mary and Lizzie Frank McGuinness
Mutabilitie Frank McGuinness
Observe the Sons of Ulster marching towards the Somme Frank McGuinness
Signatories Marina Carr Emma Donoghue Rachel Feehily Hugo Hamilton Thomas Kilroy Frank McGuinness Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Joseph O'Connor (1)
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Frank McGuinness
Speaking like Magpies Frank McGuinness
The Bird Sanctuary Frank McGuinness
The Bread Man Frank McGuinness
The Factory Girls Frank McGuinness
The Glass God Frank McGuinness
The Hanging Gardens Frank McGuinness
The Match Box Frank McGuinness
There Came A Gypsy Riding Frank McGuinness


Play Title Playwright
Brides of Ladybag Frank McGuinness