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The Scotsman ★★★★ (MUSTARD)

"A remarkably rich portrait of an entire society on the verge of change."

The Scotsman ★★★★ (My Name is Saoirse)

"A brilliant new TV show about anorexia? Yes, it's Overshadowed ."

The Irish Times  (Overshadowed for BBC Three)

 

"Overshadowed succeeds on two levels – as an insightful personal explanation of what it’s like to have anorexia, and as a rallying-cry for belief in recovery"

Fringe Guru ★★★★ (Overshadowed)

Cleverly conceived and well acted, as a social experiment it works, and as a story, it’s one worth hearing

The Irish Times ★★★★★  (The Friday Night Effect.) 

 

"The climate crisis that you have been warned about has already happened in Afloat, an entertaining and enlightening new play from Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan."

 The Irish Times ★★★★★ (Afloat)

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Afloat

The play is set in underwater Dublin. The climate apocalypse has hit and Debs and Bláthnaid are sole survivors, living at the top of liberty hall. How did they not see the wave coming, and can they build a future from the wreckage?

Shown at:

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Little Theatre, Skerries

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Online

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Mustard

A darkly comic play about heartbreak, madness, and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism. When the man of her dreams, a professional cyclist, leaves E, she plummets into a black hole of heartbreak at the speed of a doped-up team on the Tour de France.

WINNER

Scotsman Fringe First, Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Lustrum Award, Edinburgh 2019

NOMINATED

Scottish Mental Health Awards 2019

Shown at:

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Abbey Theatre, Dublin

GLÓR, Ennis

Shown virtually at:

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny 
Limetree Theatre, Limerick 
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

An Grianán, Letterkenny 
Summerhall Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Theatre Royal, Waterford 
Backstage Theatre, Longford 
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee 
Town Hall Theatre, Galway 

The Friday Effect

Meet Jamie, Sive and Collette: three best friends on a wild night out in Dublin. By the end of the night, Collette will be dead. Can you save her? The Friday Night Effect combines compelling new writing with an edge-of-your-seat interactive experience. At crucial turning points in the story, the fate of the characters will be in the hands of the audience, whose decisions will change their stories irrevocably.

The play has also been published by Metheun Drama, Bloomsbury and you can purchase a copy here.

***** Irish Times

Shown at:

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Assembly Venues, Edinburgh

London Irish Centre, London

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Get RREEL

Created in collaboration with Rose Bruford Drama School. The world's biggest girl band Get Rreel are on the brink of collapse. They are at the height of their fame, and playing sold-out stadiums worldwide. But backstage their lives are crumbling. This documentary-style physical theatre piece will give a window into their lives on their final tour, as they fight tooth and nail to save their careers and their relationships.

Shown at:

Summerhall, Edinburgh

The Vaults, London

Overshadowed,
now a series on BBC Three

Imogene used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. She used to fancy lads, have curves and love chips. Recently however she has become withdrawn, gaunt, obsessed with exercise. The reason? Caol, her new “best friend”, who’s cast a dark shadow over Imogene’s life. Invisible to everyone except Imogene, Caol will not rest until Imogene has been reduced both emotionally and physically to a shadow of her former self. This piece aims to provoke compassion and debate around the subject of eating disorders, by separating the sufferer from the condition.

 

The play has been adapted into TV series for BBC Three with Rollem Productions. It has also been published by Metheun Drama, Bloomsbury and you can purchase a copy here.

WINNER

Argus Angel Award, Brighton Fringe 2015

First Fortnight Award, Dublin Fringe 2014

NSDF Commendation for Best New Writing, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

NOMINATED

Best Performer, Dublin Fringe 2014

Best Writing Dublin Fringe, 2014

Stuart Parker Trust Award Longlist, 2015

Shown at:

Theatre 503, London

Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Nuclear Family

Made in collaboration with Fever Dream, Nuclear Family is a gripping piece of interactive theatre which follows Joe and Ellen, nuclear plant workers and siblings, faced with an imminent disaster. Audience members will be privy to what could possibly be their last hours as they struggle with the biggest decisions of their lives. In a heated round table discussion, the audience will experience the pressure of making life and death decisions.

Shown at:

Belgocontrol, Brussels

Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Fringe 2017

Assembly Venues, Edinburgh Fringe 2016 

My Name is Saorise

Rural Ireland, 1987. Saoirse lives in a peach coloured bungalow with her Da and big brother Brendan. Her best friend is Siobhán, who has a glorious fountain of ginger hair, a whisper like a foghorn and an arse so big it distracts all the men at mass. Saoirse prefers running through fields to chasing after boys, but her best friend has other ideas. After a night out drinking with the lads, Saoirse discovers her pregnancy and is forced to set out on journey that will take her miles away from her home and the carefree adolescence she once knew.

The play was produced as a radio drama for RTE Radio 1, which broadcast in their Drama On One slot in April 2015 and won Silver in the ‘Best Director’ category at the New York Festival, 2015.. It has also been published by Metheun Drama, Bloomsbury and you can purchase a copy here.

WINNER

Argus Angel Award, Brighton Fringe 2015

First Fortnight Award, Dublin Fringe 2014

NSDF Commendation for Best New Writing, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

NOMINATED

Best Performer, Dublin Fringe 2014

Best Writing Dublin Fringe, 2014

Stuart Parker Trust Award Longlist, 2015

Shown at:

Theatre 503, London

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Roxy Assembly, Edinburgh

The New Theatre, Dublin

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

The Pleasance Theatre, London

Substance

In a small flat in a city centre, four flatmates revolve around a life of dealing in drugs. They live for the high of the weekend, and rarely stop to think about the implications of the business in which they are entangled. Substance explores the dangers of intense, dependant friendships and the human search for substance in everyday life.

"a fresh, relevant and poignant piece" Broadway Baby

Shown at:

C Venues, Edinburgh

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I Am

A dark and visceral exploration into the minds of four young people, each battling their own demons. Alex invites her three friends and the audience into her home in an ill-advised attempt at reconciliation, but as the evening progresses things spiral out of control and all are forced to face the brutal reality of their situations.

Winner of the 2012 NSDF Award for Best Emerging Artists.

“A valiant and honest play that is eloquent in its language, visually striking, and utterly fascinating.” Irish Theatre Magazine

Shown at:

Project Arts Centre, Dublin

The Pleasance Theatre, London

C Venues, Edinburgh

My Best Friend Drowned in a Swimming Pool

A dark, witty, drama exploring friendship, love and loss.

When Henry cracks his head off a concrete sculpture and drowns in a swimming pool his friends are left floundering. They each develop their own coping mechanisms, but soon realise they are insufficient. Chain smoking, reciting decades of the rosary, taking recreational narcotics, bitching and trashing IKEA furniture will never fill the void of a dead best friend. In Henry’s absence they are drowning too, and their strategies for staying afloat are intriguing, exasperating and heartbreaking.

“Raw teenage angst… Gossip Girl on suicide watch.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Shown at:

Project Arts Centre, Dublin

C Venues, Edinburgh

Adam House Theatre, Edinburgh

Clinical Lies

Clinical Lies is an emotionally-charged exploration of the turmoil of youth. Amy, a fragile 19-year-old girl offers a frank, witty and harrowing insight into teenage life, as she battles against her mother and her circumstances. As Amy waits to be seen by a doctor, she resolves that she will not be diagnosed, tampered with or ‘cured’. In a world based on lies and disillusionment, she faces her teenage crisis with a steely determination.

“[O’Connor’s] performance and written dialogue demonstrate some of the uncooked, attention-snatching naivety of youth, she has more than enough natural talent to carry the piece.” The Scotsman

Shown at:

Mill Theatre, Dublin

The Space @ Radisson, Edinburgh

Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh