Stage Director

Oonagh Murphy

Selected credits

  • MedeaThe Gate Theatre, Dublin (30 Jan 2020)
  • Playboy of the Western WorldLyric Belfast, Gaeity Theatre, Dublin
  • The ChildrenThe Gate Theatre, Dublin
  • Drip FeedFishamble and Soho Theatre, London
  • ShelterDruid for Galway International Arts Festival


Oonagh is a theatre director based in London. She is Associate Director for The Big House, and has worked with companies such as Druid, the Gate, the Abbey Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Playful Productions.

She has directed a reimagining of the classical piece Medea, currently running for the winter season in the Gate Theatre, Dublin. She has collaborated closely with writers creating premieres of new work. Other recent productions have included Drip Feed by Karen Cogan for Fishamble and Soho Theatre and  Shelter by Christín Kehoe for Druid Theatre Company. Her production of The Playboy of the Western World reimagined Synge’s classic for a contemporary audience, headlining Dublin Theatre Festival at the Gaiety Theatre.

Featured work

Playboy of the Western World

Lyric Belfast, Gaeity Theatre, Dublin
Written by John Millington Synge
Design: Molly O'Cathain
Lighting: Amy Mae
Composer: Jane Deasy
Movement: Paula O'Reilly

“Murphy’s fast-paced direction, gleeful embracing of grim, knockabout humour and deft blending of period style and contemporary commentary conjures a dislocating authenticity all its own.” British Theatre Guide


The Children

The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Written by Lucy Kirkwood
Design: Sarah Bacon
Lighting: Sinéad McKenna
Sound Design: Kevin Gleeson

“Beautifully performed and exquisitely directed.” The Arts Review

“Combined with Murphy’s direction, the piece never loses pace … Murphy constantly pricks the audience’s curiosity.” University Times


Drip Feed

Fishamble and Soho Theatre, London
Written and performed by Karen Cogan
Design: Anna Reid
Sound Design: Frank Sweeney

“Vivid, immersive and ultimately hopeful exploration of identity.”
★★★★ The List

“An engrossing play.”
★★★★ British Theatre Guide


The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Written by Nina Raine
Design: Conor Murphy
Lighting: Mimi Jordan Sherin
Sound Design: Ivan Birthistle
Projection Design: Conan McIvor

“Director Oonagh Murphy strikes every important note in this complex work, maintaining perfect clarity and communication.”

“A commanding and absorbing production” The Irish Times

The Mouth of a Shark

Where We Live Festival
Creators: Oonagh Murphy
& Maeve Stone
Composer: Maeve Stone
Producer: Karen Twomey

“From acclaimed director Oonagh Murphy … The Mouth of a Shark counterpoints Irish emigration stories with the contemporary experiences of those seeking asylum here in Ireland, asking us all to bear witness to the many reasons we migrate, and question; Where do we get to call home?”

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