Padraic will be tutoring at StageWise 2017.
Padraic is currently writing a new play “The Voice” for teenagers. He hopes to workshop and explore the themes in this play during his week as a tutor with the participants at StageWise 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a well-known theatre director and writer in developing a brand new piece of work.
Padraic is Artistic Director of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company based in The Ramor Theatre in Virginia. He has directed their first fifteen productions – The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Belfry, (both of which were nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards), The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat, The Snow Child and The Little Dance Girl, which he wrote for the company.
In 2007 he directed The Tinkers Curse by Michael Harding which was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and Conversations on a Homecoming for Livin’ Dred/NOMAD which was nominated for The Judges Special Award. He has also directed The Children of Lir; Shoot the Crow, A Christmas Carol and The Good Father, There Came a Gypsy Riding, Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme both by Frank McGuiness, Ride On by Seamus O’Rourke and The Bridge Below the Town by Pat McCabe with whom he has developed a close working relationship. Livin Dred/NOMAD’s production of The Dead School by Pat McCabe was regarded as one of the theatrical highlights of 2008 and was nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production. It completed a three-week sell-out run at The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2009 and the Tricycle Theatre, London in 2010.
He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent Theatre as an actor includes: A Night in November by Marie Jones, (Ramor Theatre), The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred Theatre Co.), Talking to Terrorists (Calypso Productions), The Green Fool, (UpState Theatre Company, National Tours), Two Houses (Upstate Theatre Company), Winter Came Down (Quare Hawks Theatre Company), Howie the Rookie (Library Theatre, Manchester), Shagnasty & Duck (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Loves Labours Lost (English Touring Theatre, National Tour), Big Maggie (New Vic Theatre), A Skull in Connemara (Rocket Theatre, Manchester), The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred Theatre Co.). He has appeared in LOVE/HATE and the feature film The Ballad of Honky McSwaine and CHARLIE for RTE.
Writing Credits include: The Little Dance Girl (Livin Dred), Carnival at Glenaduff (Ramor Players), Going and Letting Everyone Down (Caomhnu Literary Festival), The Voice (Roscommon Youth Theatre), A Holy Show (Ramor Players), The King of Ireland’s Son (Aishling Children’s Festival), The Lost Weekend (Ramor Players) and Cuckoo Connolly’s Curious Clock Shop.
The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down (Glenaduff Productions) has been a huge hit in theatres around the country, selling out six runs in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin and due to run at the Olympia Theatre in February 2017.