Irish Studies Würzburg

Social Politics, Trauma and Terrorism: A Workshop with Award-Winning Irish Playwright Deirdre Kinahan

Datum: 13.06.2023, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Ort: Online
Vortragende:r: Deirdre Kinahan

Award-winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan will give an online workshop exploring her approach to writing for theatre.

The workshop will initially focus on the story of Deirdre’s career from forming her own theatre company as a young actor in Dublin to carving out a career as one of Ireland’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights with national and international collaborations, productions and commissions.

Deirdre will then focus in on two plays; Bogboy and Rathmines Road (Der Vorfall) discussing how social politics, trauma and terrorism are explored in her drama.

Finally, Deirdre will look at craft, inspiration, universality and recurring themes in her writing.

Questions will be welcome from participants, we look forward to a lively and interactive discussion of the magic, potential and extraordinary power of theatre.

Deirdre Kinahan is an award-winning playwright. She is an elected member of Aosdána, Ireland's elected organisation of outstanding artists and Literary Associate with Meath County Council Arts Office. Deirdre collaborates with artists and theatres all over the world and has a large canon of regularly produced plays to her credit. She is published by Nick Hern Books.

Best Known Plays include: The Unmanageable Sisters, Rathmines Road, Moment, Halcyon Days, Bogboy, Hue & Cry, Melody, Spinning and her Irish Revolutionary Trilogy Wild Sky, Embargo and Outrage.

Deirdre works regularly with the Abbey Theatre, Landmark Productions and Fishamble Theatre Company in Ireland. She also collaborates regularly with theatres in the UK (Bush, Old Vic, Pentabus, Royal Court), Europe (Stat Theatre Mainz, Ateneum Warsaw) and America (Irish Arts Centre, Solas Nua, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steep Theatre, Irish Theatre Chicago).

Recent works include An Old Song Half Forgotten for the Abbey Theatre & Sofft productions, The Saviour for Landmark Productions, In the Middle of the Fields for Solas Nua Washington DC, The Visit for Draiocht & Dublin Theatre Festival, Bloody Yesterday for Glassmask Theatre.

Deirdre has a number of new Theatre Projects in development, she also has years of experience as a producer and enjoys curating or participating in multi-genre artistic projects.


If you are interested in participating in this online event, please sign up by sending an email with the subject line “KINAHAN” to by June 7, 2023. Please include your full name and affiliation or address. Upon registration, you will receive the assigned readings for the workshop via email attachment. You will also receive a zoom link to the event in due time. 
Please note that the above given email address is used solely for registration purposes. If you want to contact ISWÜ, please use the contact information given below.


Irish Studies Würzburg (ISWÜ)

Prof. Dr. Ina Bergmann & Prof. Dr. Maria Eisenmann,