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Deirdre Kinahan


Deirdre Kinahan is a Dublin-based playwright and theatre producer who founded and ran Tall Tales Theatre Company for 15 years and is currently a board member of Theatre Forum Ireland. Deirdre wrote her first play in 1999 when a group of women at Ruhama Women's Project asked her to write a play about their lives as prostitutes. Be Carna was widely regarded as a powerful debut. Her play Moment played at the Bush to critical acclaim and sell out audiences in 2011 whilst her latest play These Halcyon Days won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival 2013. Her new play Spinning opened at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2014. Deirdre has also been part of the Open Court season at the Royal Court with a play about the Irish economic crisis.

Company Jobs

Job Title Company
Artistic Director Tall Tales Theatre Company

Playwriting Credits

Play Title Playwright
Attaboy, Mr. Synge! Deirdre Kinahan
Bé Carna Deirdre Kinahan
Bogboy Deirdre Kinahan
Dear Ireland I Manchán Magan Eva O'Connor Deirdre Kinahan Edna O'Brien Zoe Ní Riordáin Carmel Winters Aoife Martyn Karen Cogan Enda Walsh Sonya Kelly Iseult Golden Margaret Perry Arthur Riordan Jimmy Murphy Sarah Hanly Joseph O'Connor (1) Andrea Molino Ursula Rani Sarma John O'Donovan (2) Zhu Yi John Connors Kit de Waal Pom Boyd Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Stacey Gregg Keith James Walker Thomas Kane Byrne Mark O'Halloran Sinéad Burke Una McKevitt Dermot Bolger Blindboy Boatclub Emmet Kirwan Carys D. Coburn Rosaleen McDonagh Meadhbh McHugh Colm Keegan (2) David Ireland Phillip McMahon Jody O'Neill Darach Mac Con Iomaire Shane O'Reilly Nancy Harris Owen McCafferty Frank McGuinness Feli Speaks Gina Moxley Abbie Spallen Michael West Shaun Dunne
Embargo Deirdre Kinahan
Halcyon Days Deirdre Kinahan
Home Theatre (Ireland) Duke Special Robbie Blake Nancy Harris Elaine Murphy Little John Nee Natalya O'Flaherty Finbarr Doyle Paul Mercier John Morton Shaun Dunne Feli Speaks Marc Mac Lochlainn Eva O'Connor Sonya Kelly Sorcha Fox Clare Barrett (1) Tom Swift Gavin Kostick Jody O'Neill Louise Lewis Sharon Mannion Colin Murphy Fionn Foley Jeda de Brí Deirdre Kinahan Carys D. Coburn Neil Watkins Fiona McGeown Roisin Ingle Bryan Burroughs
Hue and Cry Deirdre Kinahan
Knocknashee Deirdre Kinahan
Maisy Daly's Rainbow Deirdre Kinahan
Melody Deirdre Kinahan
Moment Deirdre Kinahan
Passage Deirdre Kinahan
Rathmines Road Deirdre Kinahan
Rebecca's Robin Deirdre Kinahan
Rum and Raisin Alice Barry Deirdre Kinahan
Spinning Deirdre Kinahan
Summer Fruits Deirdre Kinahan
The Snow Child Deirdre Kinahan
The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat Deirdre Kinahan
Tiny Plays for Ireland Joseph O'Connor (1) Michael West Dermot Bolger Michelle Read Deirdre Kinahan Karl O'Neill Rory Nolan Ardal O'Hanlon Gerald Murphy Rachel Feehily Jody O'Neill Colin Murphy Mark Hennessy Sean McLoughlin Adrienne Michel-Long Gregory Rosenstock Rosaleen McDonagh Michael Cussen Niamh Creely Ronan Geoghegan Evan Lee D'Alton Ciara Ní Chuirc Jesse Weaver Antonia Hart Darren Donohue
Wild Sky Deirdre Kinahan


Play Title Playwright
The Unmanageable Sisters Deirdre Kinahan Michel Tremblay

Artistic Director

Play Title Playwright
Chance Maeve Ingoldsby Jennifer Mooney Jody O'Neill Lisa Keogh

Displacement by Jennifer Mooney; Foreign Affairs by Jody O'Neill; Even Clean Hands Cause Damage by Lisa Keogh; No One's Being Eaten by Sharks by Maeve Ingoldsby


Play Title Playwright
Melody Deirdre Kinahan
Passage Deirdre Kinahan