WHO WE ARE: collective members


Oonagh is Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre. Previous directing credits include Measure for Measure (TEXT|messages 2011, Project Arts Centre), Letters from Chekhov (Peacock Theatre, October 2011), Do You Read Me? (Smock Alley Theatre, ABSOLUT FRINGE 2011), I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard) by Shaun Dunne (Project Arts Centre, April 2011), which was also presented as part of THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: VOLUME II (February 2011) and developed as part of Project Brand New (December 2010), FAT (Players Theatre), and Ann and Barry: What Kind of Time Do You Call This? (National College of Art and Design) both with Talking Shop Ensemble (Absolut Fringe 2010, and 2009 respectively) and Nineteeneightyfour (Samuel Beckett Theatre, November 2008). Assisting credits include The Government Inspector (dir. Jimmy Fay, Abbey Theatre, 2011) and Translations (dir. Conall Morrison, Abbey Theatre, 2011). Oonagh also worked as production dramaturg for the work-in-development The Blue Boy with Brokentalkers (Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2010). She is a graduate of the Bachelor in Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College where she is also a PhD candidate researching contemporary Irish theatre practice.

Aisling is a choreographer, theatre-maker, performer and community-arts worker. As a founding member of Talking Shop Ensemble she has choreographed and devised with the company on all productions to date- Ann and Barry: What Kind of Time do You Call This? (ABSOLUT Fringe 2009) FAT (ABSOLUT Fringe 2010) I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard) (Project Arts Centre 2011)  Do You Read Me? (ABSOLUT Fringe 2011) and Death of the Tradesmen (ABSOLUT Fringe 2012, Galway Theatre Festival, The Lir) Choreography credits for film and television include Pairs and Spares (2010, Big Bear Productions) and The Savage Eye (2011, Bl!nder films/RTE) She has performed in many productions to date including FAT (ABSOLUT Fringe 2010),The Government Inspector (Debut Festival, 2008) & Exit The King (Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2007) Performance and Voiceover credits for television include recurring roles in The Once a Week Show (RTE) and The Resistors (CTVR/TG4) She holds a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drama-in-Education both from Trinity College Dublin where she is currently completing a Masters in Drama Education Studies. Aisling is the resident Educational Drama Practitioner at St. John of Gods Kildare Services for adults with Intellectual Disabilities where she is currently researching the use of drama-based pedagogies to support individuals with challenging behaviours.

Lisa completed her B.A in Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, specialising in Acting and Devising.  As a founding member of Talking Shop Ensemble, Lisa performs and devises with the company. Acting credits in theatre include; I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard), Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne which was shown at Project Brand New: The Lively Fall, Dec 2010, at The Theatre Machine Turns You On: Volume II, Feb 2011, the Cube in the Project Arts Center, April 2011 and the Solstice Arts festival in June 2011. Fat, Talking Shop Ensemble, Players Theatre, Absolute Fringe Festival 2010. Ann and Barry: What Kind of Time Do You Call This?, Talking Shop Ensemble, NCAD, Absolute Fringe Festival 2009.  Asylum Speakers, Dir. Tara Robinson, Project Arts Centre, The Theatre Machine Turns You On 2009. At The Samuel Becket Theatre Lisa performed in 1984, Dir. Oonagh Murphy, Debut Festival, Macbeth, Dir. Shane O’Reilly, Debut Festival and The Good Woman of Schezwan, Dir: Holly Maples.  Recent Film/TV acting credits include; Sister Amelia in Cluck, dir. Michael Lavelle, Tilted Pictures, 2012. Brendans Girlfriend in Shadow Dancer (Feature), dir James Marsh, Unanimous Pictures, 2012. Popstar in Dublin in Pieces, dir, Rick Larkin, i-Wire films, 2011. Young Auctioneer in Pat Short’s TV series Mattie, Gable End/RTE, 2010.


Shaun is a Dublin-based writer and performer. Shaun is playwright on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme and also holds a degree in Journalism from DCU. Recent work includes “Death of the Tradesmen” (Fishamble New Writing Award, ABSOLUT Fringe 2012) “I am a Homebird (It’s very hard)” at the Project Arts Centre,”Paperboy and Friends” (ABSOLUT FRINGE 2010) and “Please Leave a Message Under The Ocean” (THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON VOLUME I). Shaun was nominated for The Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing and Best Intercultural Dialogue at the 6th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2009 for his first play Killed By Curriculum. He also presented a new play called “This is an Installation Art Piece” that same year in the Basement Studios onClarendon Street. Shaun has worked with Project Brand New twice on two pieces of new writing; “Market Research This” and “I am a Homebird (IT’S VERY HARD)”. Acting work includes feature film “Situations Vacant” (Lisa Mulcahy, Grand Pictures), “Go dTaga do Riocht” (Brendan Murray, An tAidhbheairc), Fair City (RTE), “Hoodies” (Cannes 2009) as well as an ad for TourismIrelandwith ThomasThomas Productions.