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Donnacadh O’Briain

Director

Donnacadh is an Olivier Award winning director specialising in new writing. His productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally. His acclaimed production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, it subsequently ran at The Arts Theatre (West End), and will tour the UK in Autumn 2018. He and Jon are developing a new play about Friendship and assisted suicide. He recently directed Mother Christmas for Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.

In 2016 he directed Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, which reopened the famous The Other Place Theatre. His collaborations with actor/writer Bella Heesom include their lauded My World Has Exploded a Little Bit about grief and mortality, and they are currently developing a new piece about sex and the self. He has several other projects in development, including a musical, and new piece on border control with Ice & Fire and Kings College London.

Donnacadh was artistic director of Natural Shocks for whom he created the unique cross art form pop-up theatre PEEP, which featured at the Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude Festival. For NS he also directed productions of Leo Butler’s The Early Bird (Finborough, London & Project, Dublin); Between Life and Nowhere (Theatre Delicatessen), and a revival of his award winning production of Mathematics of the Heart (London’s Theatre 503).

Donnacadh spent three years with the RSC working on ten productions including the multi award-winning Histories Cycle (The Guardian’s ‘Production of the Decade’). As an Assistant director he worked along side Michael Boyd, Dominic Cooke, Simon McBurney, Greg Doran, Jonathan Mumby, Rebecca Gatward & Alan Stanford. He directs and teaches acting at major drama schools, including RADA, LAMDA, and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Credits

THEATRE
Date: 2018
Production (role):
LADS
Company:
LAMDA
Project details:
By Jon Brittain
Date: 2018
Production (role):
REJOICING AT HER WONDROUS VULVA THE YOUNG WOMAN APPLAUDED HERSELF
Company:
All About You
Project details:
Co-created with writer Bella Heesom.
Oval House Theatre
Date: 2017
Production (role):
MOTHER CHRISTMAS
Company:
Hampstead Theatre
Project details:
By David Lewis.
Downstairs at Hampstead
Date: 2017
Production (role):
ROTTERDAM
Company:
Hartshorn-Hook
Project details:
By Jon Brittain
The Arts Theatre (West End) and 59E59 (off Broadway)
Date: 2017
Production (role):
MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT (director/ dramturg)
Company:
All About You
Project details:
By Bella Heesom
Vault Festival, Oval House, and UK tour.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
THE EMPTY CHAIR
Company:
Troupe/ Frome Festival
Project details:
Play for families performed by a pianist, a cellist and a Mezzo Soprano.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY (resident director)
Company:
Mischief Theatre
Project details:
Criterion Theatre (West End)
Dir. Mark Bell.
Date: 2016
Production (role):
PETER PAN GOES WRONG (resident director)
Company:
Mischief Theatre
Project details:
Apollo Theatre (West End)
Dir. Adam Megideo
Date: 2016
Production (role):
ALWAYS ORANGE
Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company
Project details:
By Fraser Grace.
Date: 2016
Production (role):
ROTTERDAM
Company:
Hartshorn - Hook / Theatre503
Project details:
By Jon Brittain.
Trafalgar Studios.
Winner: Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
Date: 2016
Production (role):
MY WORLD HAD EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT (director/ dramaturg)
Company:
All About You
Project details:
By Bella Heesom.
Edinburgh Fringe.
Date: 2016
Production (role):
THE EASTER RISING AND WHAT CAME THEREAFTER
Company:
Hartshorn - Hook
Project details:
By Christopher Bland.
Date: 2016
Production (role):
THE TEMPEST
Company:
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Date: 2015
Production (role):
ROTTERDAM
Company:
Harshorn - Hook & Theatre 503
Project details:
By Jon Brittain.
Theatre503
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Lesere
Company:
Hartshorn - Hook
Project details:
By Ashley Holloway.
Date: 2015
Production (role):
MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT (director/ dramaturg)
Company:
Tristan Bates Theatre
Project details:
By Bella Heesom.
Camden Fringe.
Date: 2015
Production (role):
THE POET, THE LOVER & THE LUNATIC
Company:
National Portrait Gallery
Project details:
Portrait Choir conducted by Greg Batsleer, with a cast of six.
Music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and texts by Shakespeare.
Date: 2014
Production (role):
VAMPIRETTE
Company:
Hartshorn - Hook
Project details:
Workshop for a new musical.
Date: 2014
Production (role):
ANONYMITY
Company:
National Portrait Gallery & Latitude Festival
Project details:
Portrait Choir, New Century Baroque conducted by Greg Batsleer, with a cast of two two. Music by Handel and verbatim texts arranged by Greg Batsleer and Donnacadh O'Briain
Date: 2014
Production (role):
BLUE STOCKINGS
Company:
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Project details:
By Jessica Swale
Date: 2014
Production (role):
THE ISLAND NATION
Company:
Southbank Centre & Ice and Fire
Project details:
By Christine Bacon.
Rehearsed reading.
Date: 2014
Production (role):
OF MORNINGTON
Company:
Theatre503
Project details:
By Billy Roche.
Rehearsed reading.
With Adrian Dunbar and Aislin McGuckin.
Date: 2013
Production (role):
MERCURY FUR
Company:
RADA
Project details:
By Philip Ridley.
Date: 2013
Production (role):
PEEP (director/ artistic director)
Company:
Natural Shocks, Assembly & Latitude
Project details:
Plays by Leo Butler, Kefi Chadwick, Pamela Carter, Kay Adshead, Luke Barnes, Melissa Dunne & Sabrina Mahfouz.
Date: 2013
Production (role):
EUGENIE GRANDET
Company:
Hartshorn - Hook & Assembly
Project details:
Adapted from Balzac.
Date: 2012
Production (role):
PEEP (director/ artistic director)
Company:
Natural Shocks & Pleasance Courtyard
Project details:
Plays by Leo Butler, Kefi Chadwick & Pamela Carter.
Date: 2012
Production (role):
FROM BOTH HIPS
Company:
RADA
Project details:
By Mark O'Rowe
Date: 2012
Production (role):
MATHEMATICS OF THE HEART
Company:
Natural Shocks/ Theatre503
Project details:
By Kefi Chadwick.
Date: 2011
Production (role):
BETRAYAL
Company:
Theatre Del'orogio, Rome
Project details:
By Harold Pinter.
Date: 2011
Production (role):
MATHEMATICS OF THE HEART
Company:
Malborough Theatre Brighton
Project details:
By Kefi Chadwick.
World Premiere.
Winner Argus Angel Award, and Brighton Fringe Best New Play Award.
Date: 2011
Production (role):
RECHNITZ
Company:
RADA
Project details:
By Elfrieda Jelinek, in a new translation by Jens Peters.
Staged Reading.
Date: 2010
Production (role):
BETWEEN LIFE AND NOWHERE (OR THE STAIRWELL)
Company:
Natural Shocks & Theatre Delicatessen
Project details:
Devised by the company.
Date: 2010
Production (role):
THE EARLY BIRD
Company:
Natural Shocks, Finborough & Project Arts Centre Dublin
Project details:
Devised by the company.
Date: 2010
Production (role):
THE EARLY BIRD
Company:
Natural Shocks/ Finborough
Project details:
By Leo Butler.
Date: 2009
Production (role):
ENDGAME (development dramaturg)
Company:
Complicite
Project details:
By Samuel Beckett.
Dir Simon McBurney.
Date: 2009
Production (role):
KING LEAR
Company:
Second Age
Project details:
No 1 Tour of Ireland.
Date: 2006 - 2008
Production (role):
THE HISTORIES CYCLE (assistant director)
Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company
Project details:
Dir. Michael Boyd.
Date: 2007
Production (role):
RICHARD III
Company:
Southwar Playhouse
Project details:
Co-directed with Daniel Goldman.
Date: 2005- 2006
Production (role):
Canterbury Tales
Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company
Project details:
Dirs. Greg Doran, Rebecca Gatward & Jonathan Mumby.
Date: 2005
Production (role):
HUSH
Company:
Pleasance, Edinburgh & Arcola
Project details:
By Samantha Wright.
Date: 2005
Production (role):
BREAKING NEWS
Company:
Theatre503
Project details:
Several writers
Date: 2005
Production (role):
TRILOQUAY
Company:
Arcola
Project details:
By Jon Grogan.
Date: 2004
Production (role):
BLUE VELVET
Company:
Gilded Balloon
Project details:
Adapted from the David Lynch film by Duncan Macmillan, Kate Wasserberg and Donnacadh.
Date: 2003
Production (role):
DON'T TAKE YOUR COAT OFF
Company:
Dark Horse
Project details:
By Robin Keogh.
Irish Tour.
Winner: Best Production at 1st Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
Date: 2003
Production (role):
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUDIENCE)
Company:
Natural Shocks and Civic Theatre Tallaght
Date: 2003
Production (role):
THE COMICAL MYSTERIES
Company:
Natural Shocks & Civic Theatre Tallaght
Project details:
Adapted from Daro Fo by Kevin McGee
Date: 2003
Production (role):
KILT
Company:
Dark Horse
Project details:
By Jonathan Wilson.
Date: 2003
Production (role):
IRAQNAPHOBIA
Company:
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Project details:
Several writers
Date: 2003
Production (role):
MYSTERO BUFFO
Company:
Irish Student Drama Festival
Project details:
Adapted from Dario Fo.

Winner: Best Director.
Date: 2003
Production (role):
THE ESSENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (assistant director)
Company:
Gate Theatre Dublin
Project details:
By Tennessee Williams
Dir. Dominic Cooke.
Date: 2002
Production (role):
CHRISTMAS CAROL (associate director)
Company:
Gate Theatre Dublin
Project details:
Dir. Alan Stanford
Date: 2002
Production (role):
TWELFTH NIGHT
Company:
Crypt, Dublin Castle
AWARDS
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Rotterdam
Company:
Olivier Awards
Project details:
Winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Date: 2007
Production (role):
Richard III
Company:
Southwark Playhouse
Project details:
Better Bankside Shakespeare Award (with Daniel Goldman) - winner created a production of Richard III
Date: 2003
Production (role):
Mystero Buffo
Company:
Irish Student Drama Festival
Project details:
Winner: Best Director
Date: 2001
Production (role):
Becket Shorts
Company:
Irish Student Drama Festival
Project details:
Winner: Judges Award for Outstanding Achievement
REVIEWS
Production (role):
ROTTERDAM
Project details:
Evening Standard ★★★★ Critics Choice | Time Out ★★★★ Critics Choice | Sunday Times ★★★★ Critics Choice | The Stage ★★★★ Critics Choice
WhatsOnStage ★★★★★ "O'Briain's direction is superb – insightful, energetic and perfectly-paced "

The Times ★★★★ "O'Briain's production... Keeps hitting the emotional sweet spot between the playful and the intimate''
Production (role):
ALWAYS ORANGE
Project details:
The Guardian ★★★★ "... O’Briain’s adroit production... Explosions don’t shatter the silence – they are a profound and terrifying silence."

Guardian 5 of the Best... "The writing is sharp and the acting fine, but it’s Donnacadh O’Briain’s very smart production that lends this both coherence and an explosive power."

The Stage ★★★★ "It’s directed with clarity and intelligence by Donnacadh O’Briain... a visually stunning production.
Production (role):
MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT
Project details:
"Reviews Hub ★★★★(and a half) ""A touching, moving and yet surprisingly uplifting debut play from Heesom.

Three Weeks ★★★★ "a show that’s funny, energetic, profound and heartbreaking all at once... 'it’s brave, and honest, and it makes an emotional connection that’ll stay with you.'

Edinburgh Fringe Magazine ★★★★★ "... beautifully crafted... a true masterpiece and an absolute pleasure to watch. By far my favourite show of the year"
Production (role):
PEEP
Project details:
★★★★ Financial Times, ★★★★ Metro, ★★★★ EdFestMagasine, ★★★★ ScotsGay, ★★★★ Fringe Review, ★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ The Skinny, ★★★★Fringe Guru
Metro ★★★★

“Let’s talk about sex: intelligently, humorously, candidly and brazenly… Actors are utterly committed to the material… and we respond by devouring each intimate yet brief encounter” The New Statesman. “It is immaculately directed, production values are very high and the voyeuristic effect works uncomfortably well”
Production (role):
BETWEEN LIFE AND NOWEHERE (OR THE STAIRWELL)
Project details:
WhatsOnStage.com ★★★★★ “Don’t miss Between Life and Nowhere… it is a lovely thing to behold”

Time Out (Critics Choice) ★★★★★ “Dazzlingly playful aerial show”
Production (role):
THE EARLY BIRD
Project details:
Independent on Sunday (Critics Choice) ★★★★ “The electrifying London premiere… O’Briain’s production generates an intense, interrogatory intimacy.”

Metro ★★★★ "...O’Briain’s direction is exemplary”

Irish Independent "It's difficult to imagine a more seamlessly executed and innovative realisation of Butlers dark discordant vision."
Production (role):
KING LEAR
Project details:
Mail on Sunday “A vibrant production that captures the dramatic essence of the play”

The Irish Times “Stylish, energetic and unconventional…”

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): LADS
    Company: LAMDA
    Project details: By Jon Brittain
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): REJOICING AT HER WONDROUS VULVA THE YOUNG WOMAN APPLAUDED HERSELF
    Company: All About You
    Project details: Co-created with writer Bella Heesom.
    Oval House Theatre
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): MOTHER CHRISTMAS
    Company: Hampstead Theatre
    Project details: By David Lewis.
    Downstairs at Hampstead
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): ROTTERDAM
    Company: Hartshorn-Hook
    Project details: By Jon Brittain
    The Arts Theatre (West End) and 59E59 (off Broadway)
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT (director/ dramturg)
    Company: All About You
    Project details: By Bella Heesom
    Vault Festival, Oval House, and UK tour.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): THE EMPTY CHAIR
    Company: Troupe/ Frome Festival
    Project details: Play for families performed by a pianist, a cellist and a Mezzo Soprano.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY (resident director)
    Company: Mischief Theatre
    Project details: Criterion Theatre (West End)
    Dir. Mark Bell.
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): PETER PAN GOES WRONG (resident director)
    Company: Mischief Theatre
    Project details: Apollo Theatre (West End)
    Dir. Adam Megideo
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): ALWAYS ORANGE
    Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
    Project details: By Fraser Grace.
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): ROTTERDAM
    Company: Hartshorn - Hook / Theatre503
    Project details: By Jon Brittain.
    Trafalgar Studios.
    Winner: Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): MY WORLD HAD EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT (director/ dramaturg)
    Company: All About You
    Project details: By Bella Heesom.
    Edinburgh Fringe.
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): THE EASTER RISING AND WHAT CAME THEREAFTER
    Company: Hartshorn - Hook
    Project details: By Christopher Bland.
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): THE TEMPEST
    Company: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): ROTTERDAM
    Company: Harshorn - Hook & Theatre 503
    Project details: By Jon Brittain.
    Theatre503
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Lesere
    Company: Hartshorn - Hook
    Project details: By Ashley Holloway.
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT (director/ dramaturg)
    Company: Tristan Bates Theatre
    Project details: By Bella Heesom.
    Camden Fringe.
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): THE POET, THE LOVER & THE LUNATIC
    Company: National Portrait Gallery
    Project details: Portrait Choir conducted by Greg Batsleer, with a cast of six.
    Music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and texts by Shakespeare.
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): VAMPIRETTE
    Company: Hartshorn - Hook
    Project details: Workshop for a new musical.
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): ANONYMITY
    Company: National Portrait Gallery & Latitude Festival
    Project details: Portrait Choir, New Century Baroque conducted by Greg Batsleer, with a cast of two two. Music by Handel and verbatim texts arranged by Greg Batsleer and Donnacadh O'Briain
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): BLUE STOCKINGS
    Company: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
    Project details: By Jessica Swale
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): THE ISLAND NATION
    Company: Southbank Centre & Ice and Fire
    Project details: By Christine Bacon.
    Rehearsed reading.
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): OF MORNINGTON
    Company: Theatre503
    Project details: By Billy Roche.
    Rehearsed reading.
    With Adrian Dunbar and Aislin McGuckin.
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): MERCURY FUR
    Company: RADA
    Project details: By Philip Ridley.
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): PEEP (director/ artistic director)
    Company: Natural Shocks, Assembly & Latitude
    Project details: Plays by Leo Butler, Kefi Chadwick, Pamela Carter, Kay Adshead, Luke Barnes, Melissa Dunne & Sabrina Mahfouz.
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): EUGENIE GRANDET
    Company: Hartshorn - Hook & Assembly
    Project details: Adapted from Balzac.
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): PEEP (director/ artistic director)
    Company: Natural Shocks & Pleasance Courtyard
    Project details: Plays by Leo Butler, Kefi Chadwick & Pamela Carter.
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): FROM BOTH HIPS
    Company: RADA
    Project details: By Mark O'Rowe
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): MATHEMATICS OF THE HEART
    Company: Natural Shocks/ Theatre503
    Project details: By Kefi Chadwick.
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): BETRAYAL
    Company: Theatre Del'orogio, Rome
    Project details: By Harold Pinter.
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): MATHEMATICS OF THE HEART
    Company: Malborough Theatre Brighton
    Project details: By Kefi Chadwick.
    World Premiere.
    Winner Argus Angel Award, and Brighton Fringe Best New Play Award.
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): RECHNITZ
    Company: RADA
    Project details: By Elfrieda Jelinek, in a new translation by Jens Peters.
    Staged Reading.
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): BETWEEN LIFE AND NOWHERE (OR THE STAIRWELL)
    Company: Natural Shocks & Theatre Delicatessen
    Project details: Devised by the company.
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): THE EARLY BIRD
    Company: Natural Shocks, Finborough & Project Arts Centre Dublin
    Project details: Devised by the company.
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): THE EARLY BIRD
    Company: Natural Shocks/ Finborough
    Project details: By Leo Butler.
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): ENDGAME (development dramaturg)
    Company: Complicite
    Project details: By Samuel Beckett.
    Dir Simon McBurney.
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): KING LEAR
    Company: Second Age
    Project details: No 1 Tour of Ireland.
  • Date: 2006 - 2008
    Production (role): THE HISTORIES CYCLE (assistant director)
    Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
    Project details: Dir. Michael Boyd.
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): RICHARD III
    Company: Southwar Playhouse
    Project details: Co-directed with Daniel Goldman.
  • Date: 2005- 2006
    Production (role): Canterbury Tales
    Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
    Project details: Dirs. Greg Doran, Rebecca Gatward & Jonathan Mumby.
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): HUSH
    Company: Pleasance, Edinburgh & Arcola
    Project details: By Samantha Wright.
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): BREAKING NEWS
    Company: Theatre503
    Project details: Several writers
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): TRILOQUAY
    Company: Arcola
    Project details: By Jon Grogan.
  • Date: 2004
    Production (role): BLUE VELVET
    Company: Gilded Balloon
    Project details: Adapted from the David Lynch film by Duncan Macmillan, Kate Wasserberg and Donnacadh.
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): DON'T TAKE YOUR COAT OFF
    Company: Dark Horse
    Project details: By Robin Keogh.
    Irish Tour.
    Winner: Best Production at 1st Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUDIENCE)
    Company: Natural Shocks and Civic Theatre Tallaght
    Project details:
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): THE COMICAL MYSTERIES
    Company: Natural Shocks & Civic Theatre Tallaght
    Project details: Adapted from Daro Fo by Kevin McGee
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): KILT
    Company: Dark Horse
    Project details: By Jonathan Wilson.
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): IRAQNAPHOBIA
    Company: Project Arts Centre, Dublin
    Project details: Several writers
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): MYSTERO BUFFO
    Company: Irish Student Drama Festival
    Project details: Adapted from Dario Fo.

    Winner: Best Director.
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): THE ESSENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (assistant director)
    Company: Gate Theatre Dublin
    Project details: By Tennessee Williams
    Dir. Dominic Cooke.
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): CHRISTMAS CAROL (associate director)
    Company: Gate Theatre Dublin
    Project details: Dir. Alan Stanford
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): TWELFTH NIGHT
    Company: Crypt, Dublin Castle
    Project details:
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Rotterdam
    Company: Olivier Awards
    Project details: Winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): Richard III
    Company: Southwark Playhouse
    Project details: Better Bankside Shakespeare Award (with Daniel Goldman) - winner created a production of Richard III
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): Mystero Buffo
    Company: Irish Student Drama Festival
    Project details: Winner: Best Director
  • Date: 2001
    Production (role): Becket Shorts
    Company: Irish Student Drama Festival
    Project details: Winner: Judges Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Production (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): ROTTERDAM
    Project details: Evening Standard ★★★★ Critics Choice | Time Out ★★★★ Critics Choice | Sunday Times ★★★★ Critics Choice | The Stage ★★★★ Critics Choice
    WhatsOnStage ★★★★★ "O'Briain's direction is superb – insightful, energetic and perfectly-paced "

    The Times ★★★★ "O'Briain's production... Keeps hitting the emotional sweet spot between the playful and the intimate''
  • Production (role): ALWAYS ORANGE
    Project details: The Guardian ★★★★ "... O’Briain’s adroit production... Explosions don’t shatter the silence – they are a profound and terrifying silence."

    Guardian 5 of the Best... "The writing is sharp and the acting fine, but it’s Donnacadh O’Briain’s very smart production that lends this both coherence and an explosive power."

    The Stage ★★★★ "It’s directed with clarity and intelligence by Donnacadh O’Briain... a visually stunning production.
  • Production (role): MY WORLD HAS EXPLODED A LITTLE BIT
    Project details: "Reviews Hub ★★★★(and a half) ""A touching, moving and yet surprisingly uplifting debut play from Heesom.

    Three Weeks ★★★★ "a show that’s funny, energetic, profound and heartbreaking all at once... 'it’s brave, and honest, and it makes an emotional connection that’ll stay with you.'

    Edinburgh Fringe Magazine ★★★★★ "... beautifully crafted... a true masterpiece and an absolute pleasure to watch. By far my favourite show of the year"
  • Production (role): PEEP
    Project details: ★★★★ Financial Times, ★★★★ Metro, ★★★★ EdFestMagasine, ★★★★ ScotsGay, ★★★★ Fringe Review, ★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ The Skinny, ★★★★Fringe Guru
    Metro ★★★★

    “Let’s talk about sex: intelligently, humorously, candidly and brazenly… Actors are utterly committed to the material… and we respond by devouring each intimate yet brief encounter” The New Statesman. “It is immaculately directed, production values are very high and the voyeuristic effect works uncomfortably well”
  • Production (role): BETWEEN LIFE AND NOWEHERE (OR THE STAIRWELL)
    Project details: WhatsOnStage.com ★★★★★ “Don’t miss Between Life and Nowhere… it is a lovely thing to behold”

    Time Out (Critics Choice) ★★★★★ “Dazzlingly playful aerial show”
  • Production (role): THE EARLY BIRD
    Project details: Independent on Sunday (Critics Choice) ★★★★ “The electrifying London premiere… O’Briain’s production generates an intense, interrogatory intimacy.”

    Metro ★★★★ "...O’Briain’s direction is exemplary”

    Irish Independent "It's difficult to imagine a more seamlessly executed and innovative realisation of Butlers dark discordant vision."
  • Production (role): KING LEAR
    Project details: Mail on Sunday “A vibrant production that captures the dramatic essence of the play”

    The Irish Times “Stylish, energetic and unconventional…”
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