Set & Costume Designer

Monica Frawley

Selected credits

  • By The Bog of CatsAbbey Theatre
  • The Taming of the ShrewRough Magic
  • Orfeo ed EuridiceOpera Ireland
  • The Burial at ThebesGuthrie Theater, Minneapolis


A highly respected, award winning Irish designer, Monica has designed the premiere productions for many celebrated Irish dramatists including Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuiness and Marina Carr.   She has worked throughout Ireland, the UK,  Australia, U.S. and Europe.  Her studio is based in Dublin.

Her designs have been staged by the Royal National Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Gate Theatre, Druid Theatre Company,  Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Opera Ireland, CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Contact Theatre Manchester and Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

She won a London Time Out Theatre Award for At The Black Pigs Dyke  for Druid Theatre Company, an Irish Times Best Costume Design for The Taming of the Shrew for Rough Magic Theatre Company and an Irish Times Best Set Design for Heavenly Bodies …… Other notable designs include the world premiere of By the Bog of Cats and The Well of the Saints at the Abbey Theatre,  Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for Opera Ireland and Macbeth for The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis.

Featured work

The Wolf and Peter

CoisCéim Dance Theatre/Ireland/UK/Australia
Direction & Choreography: David Bolger
Set & Costume: Monica Frawley
Lighting: Sinéad McKenna
Composition: Conor Linehan
Sound: Ivan Birthistle & Vincent Doherty
Mateusz Szczerek as The Wolf
Photo: Ros Kavanagh

“There really is something for everyone in The Wolf And Peter, from splendid performances to stunning design, and some beautiful music.”
The Reviews Hub 5*

By the Bog of Cats (World Premiere)

Writer: Marina Carr
Director: Patrick Mason
Set and Costume: Monica Frawley
Lighting: Mick Hughes
Joan O'Hara - Catwoman, Olwen Fouére - Hester Swane



The Burial at Thebes

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
Antigone adapted by Seamus Heaney
Director: Marcela Lorca
Set & Costume: Monica Frawley
Composer: J.D. Steele

Monica Frawley’s dark, glowering set crumbles with ancient exhaustion as it evokes towering walls of crypts.
Star Tribune


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