Stage Director, Writer

David Horan


David is the Artistic Director of the famous Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin. He is also a freelance director and an award winning writer for stage and screen.

His play Class, co-written and directed with Iseult Golden, won Best Theatre Script, ZeBBie Awards from the Writers Guild of Ireland and an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2018.  Other writing credits include Belonging to Laura, a contemporary film adaptation of Lady Windermere’s Fan (Accomplice/TV3) and The Importance of Being Whatever, an adaption of Earnest (IFTA Winner 2012).

His directing credits include: Beowulf: the Blockbuster (Edinburgh Fringe Stage Award, IAC New York, NY Times Critic’s Pick), These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner/DTF 2012), Moment by Deirdre Kinahan (Bush Theatre, London), Moll by John B Keane (Gaiety, MCD/Verdant Productions), Pineapple by Phillip McMahon (Calipo/DTF), Hue and Cry by Deirdre Kinahan (IAC New York Times Critics Pick, Bewleys), Macbeth and Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel (Second Age), Anglo the Musical (re-envisaged for the Olympia), In The Pipeline by Gary Owen (Paines Plough/Oran Mor Theatre, Glasgow), The Death of Harry Leon by Conall Quinn (Winner of the Stewart Parker Award for Best New Play 2009), Peter Pan (Pavilion Theatre @ Christmas), and the award-winning Tick my Box! (Inis Theatre).

Featured work


Written by Iseult Golden and David Horan
Dublin Theatre Festival, Abbey Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Directors David Horan and Iseult Golden
Set & Costume Design Maree Kearns
Lighting Design Kevin Smith
Sound Design Ivan Birthistle
Sound Design Vincent Doherty
Cast Stephen Jones, Sarah Morris, Will O’Connell

The witty writing, sophisticated character development and profound study of family and education, are all what make CLASS an exceptional piece of theatre‘.
4* The Wee Review
4* Guardian

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