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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 John O'Donovan (2) Carmel Winters Enda Walsh Iseult Golden Sonya Kelly Sarah Hanly Margaret Perry John Connors Joseph O'Connor (1) Kit de Waal Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Deirdre Kinahan Keith James Walker Zoe Ní Riordáin Mark O'Halloran Karen Cogan Una McKevitt Jimmy Murphy Blindboy Boatclub Ursula Rani Sarma Emmet Kirwan Zhu Yi Rosaleen McDonagh Pom Boyd Stacey Gregg David Ireland Jody O'Neill Thomas Kane Byrne Shane O'Reilly Sinéad Burke Nancy Harris Dermot Bolger Owen McCafferty Carys D. Coburn Frank McGuinness Feli Speaks Meadhbh McHugh Gina Moxley Colm Keegan (2) Abbie Spallen Phillip McMahon Darach Mac Con Iomaire Michael West Shaun Dunne Manchán Magan Eva O'Connor Edna O'Brien Aoife Martyn Arthur Riordan Andrea Molino
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 Sonya Kelly John Morton Tom Swift Shaun Dunne Louise Lewis Feli Speaks Marc Mac Lochlainn Eva O'Connor Sorcha Fox Gavin Kostick Sharon Mannion Fionn Foley Deirdre Kinahan Clare Barrett (1) Jody O'Neill Colin Murphy Jeda de Brí 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 Ronan Geoghegan Ciara Ní Chuirc Jesse Weaver Antonia Hart Darren Donohue Joseph O'Connor (1) Michael West Dermot Bolger Michelle Read Deirdre Kinahan Karl O'Neill Rory Nolan Ardal O'Hanlon Gerald Murphy Jody O'Neill Colin Murphy Sean McLoughlin Rosaleen McDonagh Niamh Creely Evan Lee D'Alton Rachel Feehily Mark Hennessy Adrienne Michel-Long Gregory Rosenstock Michael Cussen
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