Colin Murphy

Selected credits

  • Haughey : GregoryFishamble/Abbey Theatre
  • The Guarantee / The BailoutJohn Kelleher Media/Virgin Media TV
  • Trial of the CenturyTreasure Entertainment/TV3
  • Leave to RemainTreasure Entertainment/RTÉ
  • Inside the GPOGPO/ Fishamble


Colin Murphy is a writer for stage and screen.  He is also a journalist and documentary maker.

As a playwright he has a long association with Fishamble, the new play company, which has commissioned his many political dramas. His play Haughey / Gregory  was first performed at the Peacock Theatre in 2018 and will tour in 2019.  Inside the GPO was written and performed as part of the 1916 centenary of the Easter Rising. Guaranteed! and Bailed Out! were produced by Fishamble and he subsequently adapted them for screen as The Guarantee  which was nominated for an IFTA and The Bailout. Both were broadcast by TV3/Virgin Media TV.

Further screen writing credits include Trial of the Century, a landmark historical drama for TV3/Treasure Entertainment and Leave To Remaina film for RTÉ/Treasure Entertainment and winner of RTÉ’s Storyland drama competition.


Featured work


Written by Colin Murphy
Directed by Conall Morrison
Costume Design by Joan O’Clery
Sound Design by Ivan Birthistle and Vincent Doherty

‘Irresistible… a fitting tribute… Thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable’
★★★★ The Arts Review

funny and fascinating slice of recent political history’
Irish Independent

‘incredible actors…it delights the audience. The wit is razor-sharp… brilliant’

The Guarantee

Produced by John Kelleher Media
supported by BAI, Irish Film Board & TV3
Nominated for Irish Film & Television Award

A feature drama that reconstructs real events culminating in the fateful decision by the Irish State to offer a blanket bank guarantee in September 2008.

“The approach of mixing the factual with the fictional works brilliantly in delivering a spectacle that pulls off the difficult task of being both hugely entertaining and yet remains, a rigorous work.” The Sunday Independent

The Sunday Times  ****

The Bailout

Produced by John Kelleher Media
supported by the BAI & TV3

Directors: Conall Morrison & John Comiskey
Cinematographer:  John Comiskey
Costume Design:  Joan O’Clery
Photo:  Declan Conlan as Brian Lenihan in the Bailout.


A two-part drama telling the dramatic story of how the battle to save Ireland’s economic sovereignty was fought, and lost.

Leave To Remain

RTÉ/Treasure Entertainment
Winner of RTÉ Storyland

Producer: Claire McCaughley
Director: Vincent Gallagher
Cinematographer: Narayan Van Maele

Leave to Remain follows the story of Anwer, a Kurdish refugee attempting to start a new life for himself and his family in Ireland. Anwer enters into direct provision and soon becomes frustrated with the interminable wait for the system to verify his past and reunite him with the family he was forced to leave behind.

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