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Vincent O'Reilly

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Bio:         This year Vincent has written and directed The Applicant for Sheer Tantrum, which was staged in Smock Alley. He has also directed Tab’s theatre company’s A Year in the Life, by Niamh Cummins, which was staged in The New Theatre, and Sharman McDonald’s After Juliet with Kildare Youth Theatre which was staged in the Moat Theatre, Naas.  He assistant directed Crooked House’s production of Kevin Elyot’s Mouth to Mouth at the Project. He is the Artistic director of Sheer Tantrum, and is currently studying for his M.A in directing theatre at U.C.D. As part of this course he is directing a rehearsed reading of Anton Chekov’s The Proposal, to be presented to Patrick Mason this week, and is also directing a rehearsed reading of a new script he is developing, State of Delusion, to be presented to Conor McPherson, also this week.

Past Work

Other Directing credits include Dracula (Riverbank arts centre), and Intensive Care (Moat Theatre) with Sheer Tantrum , Christina Reid's  A Year and A Day (Riverbank Arts Centre) and Lin Coughlan's The Miracle (Riverbank Arts Centre and Everyman palace; Cork), with Kildare Youth Theatre, both in association with The National Theatre of Great Britain, and his own short play Definition (Riverbank arts centre) for Kildare Youth Theatre. He has also written Sheer Tantrum’s Frankenstein (Moat Theatre), and assistant directed Crooked House’s production of Darren Donohue’s The Bird Trap (Dublin Fringe/Project). He has trained with Peter Hussey of Crooked House and attended  workshops and master classes with many other prolific names and companies such as Joise Rourke and Dominic LeClerk (text and movement, The Royal Shakespeare Company), Patsy Rodenburg,  Julian Boal and Sir Richard Eyre.

About my Work/Practice

As a writer/director, I am attracted to a theatre of metaphor. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to comment on the world we live in, and communicate this through theatre. I strive to create theatre that is felt viscerally at first, and results in audience members thinking about their own lives, and how they relate to the themes of the piece, after they have left the theatre. A theatrical audience can relate to and travel with the characters of the piece more fully than a t.v or film audience, through it’s immediacy, it’s liveness.  This makes the theatre a very powerful means of expression, and it should be used to provoke change at best and, at least, awareness.

Previous Work


Dracula 1 

Dracula 2 



Frankenstein collage 

Frankenstein 1 

Frankenstein 2 


The Applicant

The applicant