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Hilary Fannin


Writers: Playwrights

Hilary Fannin was born in Dublin and worked as an actor throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. 

As a writer her first play, MACKEREL SKY, was produced at the Bush Theatre, London in 1997 and later at Garter Lane Theatre, Ireland and Schauspiel Bonn, Germany. Writing since then includes SLEEPING AROUND, a collaboration with Mark Ravenhill, Abi Morgan and Stephen Greenhorn, which played at the Donmar Warehouse in London and on tour. DOLDRUM BAY played at the Peacock stage, the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and La Licorne Theatre, Montreal. RED BALL was performed by the Abbey Theatre’s education department. For Rough Magic Theatre Company Dublin, she has written FAMISHED CASTLE and an adaptation of Racine’s PHAEDRA. 

For BBC Radio she has written TIME IT WAS, RED FEATHERS, DEAR EXILE (a five-part novel adaptation for Woman’s Hour), EVELINA and DROP ZONE. For RTE Radio she has written DEAD SEA SALT BAKE, MOTHERS DAY and YESTERDAYS NEWS. 

Her work has been published by Methuen, translated into several languages and performed in Europe and South America. 

Hilary was writer in association for The Abbey Theatre in their Centenary Year 2004.

She has been a weekly columnist and reviewer for The Irish Times for over a decade.

Her first full length prose work HOPSCOTCH: a Memoir, is published by Random House, Transworld (October 2015).  

She lives in Dublin with her husband, her two sons and the rain.

Hilary Fannin's PHAEDRA at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2010