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March 2016 Wales Millennium centre

Photo: Sharon Morgan by Toby Farrow

"It's like I've disappeared. I walk down the road and throw no shadow."

"That's what getting older does for you."

Ageing is a lesson in humility - a time of reckoning. Rose wants an exit plan that is bold and invigorating, but her three warring daughters have other ideas. Rose's tumbledown house is suddenly a terminus of age-old sibling rivalry and smothered grief. We all have to die, but what makes a good death? Everyone seems to have an opinion, even Rose's precocious granddaughter and the strange woman taking refuge in the garden.

Cosy is a darkly comedic look at the joys and humiliations of getting older and how we shuffle off this mortal coil. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O'Reilly, it tackles head-on our obsession with eternal youth, and asks whose life (or death) is it, anyway?

Written by Kaite O'Reilly
Directed by Phillip Zarrilli
Designed by Simon Banham
Lighting by Ace McCarron
Costume Designer Holly McCarthy

Cast includes Sara Beer, Llinos Daniel, Ruth Lloyd, Sharon Morgan, Ri Richards, and Bethan Rose-Young.

8 – 12 March 2016: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, then touring.

Tour dates, plus updates on process can be found on the Cosy blog:

Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors:
Selected Plays and Performance Texts
by Kaite O’Reilly (Oberon)

Atypical Plays For Atypical Actors is the first of its kind: a collection of dramas which redefines the notion of normalcy and extends the range of what it is to be human. From monologues, to performance texts, to realist plays, these involving and subversive pieces explore disability as a portal to new experience.

Includes the plays: peeling, The Almond and the Seahorse, In Water I m Weightless, the 9 Fridas and Cosy.

Further information:
ISBN: 9781783193172

The publication will be available from March 2016, coinciding with the premiere of Cosy. For further information about readings and events happening throughout 2016, go to Kaite O’Reilly’s blog:


Mandel & Seepferdchen
By Kaite O'Reilly
Translated by Frank Heibert

Mainfranken Theater Wurzburg, Germany.

Premiere 24th March 2016, then in repertoire


Mandel & Seepferdchen is the German language premiere of Kaite O’Reilly’s acclaimed play about the survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury The Almond and the Seahorse

Click here for further information.

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: A Masterclass in Writing for Performance with Kaite O’Reilly.
Ty Newydd Writing Centre
Mon 06 Jun – Sat 11 Jun 2016

Full information of the residential course:
click here



by Kaite O'Reilly
directed by Phillip Zarrilli

Mobius Strip Theatre, Taiwan,
in association with Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.

Following its successful premiere at Taipei Festival in 2014, the 9 Fridas will transfer to Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in October 2016.

‘… the theatre becomes a haunted piece of canvas which reveals the heart breaking self-analysis of Frida Kahlo… the 9 Fridas stings our eyes with its colours…. silently mourning the entanglement and immortality of art and spirit.’

Review of performance at Taipei Festival, 2014.

IN 2017:

this critically-acclaimed performance 2015 performance will be available for international touring

playing 'the maids'

THE LLANARTH GROUP (Wales, U.K.), GAITKRASH (Cork, Ireland), and THEATRE P'YUT (Seoul, Korea).

an intercultural ‘collaboration…[of] rare complexity, beauty and conviction’…’an aesthetic feast from the belly’…’stunning’ performances’  [***** Denis Lennon—The Public Review, 21/02/2015]

‘…wonderfully self aware…fearless…experimentation with style and form…’
[Chelsey Gillard—Arts Scene in Wales 04/03/2015]

‘…a dazzling intercultural collaboration…[the] cast…imbue the performance space with a concentrated energy that is utterly riveting…’
[Phil Morris—Wales Arts Review 09/04/2015]

playing ‘the maids’: a dynamic meta-theatrical montage of newly devised spoken text (primarily English with some Mandarin and Korean), psychophysical scores, choreography and live sound composition realized by an international ensemble of seven artists from four small countries working with Kaite O’Reilly (playwright/dramaturg) and Phillip Zarrilli (director). Sound artist (Mick O’Shea) and cellist (Adrian Curtain) respond to and interact with five female performers throughout the performance: a Chinese ‘madame’ (Jing Hong Okorn-Kuo) and two sets of ‘sister-maids’ (one Irish: Bernadette Cronin/Regina Crowley; one Korean: Jeungsook Yoo/Sunhee Kim).

This new multi-disciplinary performance is created between languages, cultures, and art forms to address issues of power/oppression embedded in complex human relationships—social and familial. Inspired by Genet’s  The Maids (1947) and its three figures--madame and her two sister-maids--our production is not a performance of Genet’s play. We have re-imagined the source in response to the hierarchy and dynamics of power and ‘servitude’ from the unique social, cultural, aesthetic and artistic perspectives of the creative team.

playing ‘the maids’previewed on invitation of the Cork Midsummer Festival, 2014 and pmiered at Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) 19-28 February 2015 with additional performances on tour i n Wales. The production has received seven outstanding reviews and enthusiastic responses from audiences.

For a 15 minute on-line video ‘overview’ of playing ‘the maids’ visit:



by Kaite O'Reilly
  A rehearsed reading at
The Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
Tuesday 16th June 2009, 7.30pm
as part of Unity Arts festival.

Always the extra, never the star...Alfa, Beaty and Coral - three performers bicker, gossip. heckle and share juicy tales of sex, lies and recipes, whilst around them an epic production unfolds. The anti-heroines are gradually stripped of all pretence, their darkly comic and devastating truths uncovered.

A triumph in its initial productions by Graeae Theatre at London's Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, Peeling gives audiences a unique and compelling experience as it cunningly interweaves audio description and sign language. Presented as a rehearsed reading, with surtitles.

Cast Sara Beer, Maggie Hampton and Kay Jenkins
Directed by Kaite O'Reilly

For Informations visit

Disability Arts Cymru, Sbectrwm, Bwlch Rd, Fairwater, Cardiff CF5 3EF
Tel & Textphone: 029 2055 1040

One of Kaite’s monologues has been accepted into the upcoming International Centre for Women Playwrights Mother/Daughter Monologue Book(s).
ICWP: The International Centre for Women Playwrights

Kaite was a contributor in the Disability arts and culture edition of Research in Drama Education - The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. Her article, ‘Alternative Dramaturgies, a Playwright’s Perspective’ comments on dramaturgical innovations and developments informed by the playwright’s experience of impairment.

Volume 14, Issue 1 2009. Ed: Colette Conroy

09 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalists Announced

  Kaite O'Reilly has been announced as one of the finalists in the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The prestigious playwriting award, now entering its fourth decade, are given annually to recognize women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre.
The international panel of judges for the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize awards includes Pulitzer prize winning playwright Edward Albee, noted British playwright and director Peter Gill, director and award winning playwright Emily Mann, Genista McIntosh, Executive Director of the Royal National Theatre and Sigourney Weaver.

Each year artistic directors and prominent professionals in the theatre throughout the English-speaking world are asked to submit plays. 'The Almond and the Seahorse' was nominated from both sides of the Atlantic - by Victory Gardens, Chicago, who developed the script, and Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, who mounted the first production.

For more information visit


Phillip B Zarrilli's
Psychophysical Acting: an intercultural approach after Stanislavski
Foreword by Eugenio Barba
interactive DVD by Peter Hulton

Areas of focus include:
  • a historical overview of a psychophysical aaproach to acting from Stanislavski to the present
  • acting as an 'eneregetics' of performance applied to a wide range of playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane,
    Kaite O'Reilly and Ota Shogo
  • a system of training through yoga and Asian martial arts
  • practical application of training principles

Kaite O'Reilly scoops major Arts Council creative wales award.
Read this article here.

2008 Creative Wales Award Winner's new play gets rave reviews.
Read this article here.


The Almond and the Seahorse
by Kaite O'Reilly (directed by Phillip Zarrilli)

"Unmissable drama...Tremendous... extraordinary scenarios are tenderly drawn and powerfully realised in Phillip Zarrilli's beautifully judged production." ***** The Guardian

“A powerful drama, beautifully written…”
The British Theatre Guide

“A fascinating work, totally engaging…”
**** Western Mail

“…Wonderful…a masterly and captivating performance…writing with such sensitive beauty and delicate understanding….what real theatre is all about.”
Michael Kelligan Theatre Wales website

Further information and full reviews, click here Almond and the Seahorse Plays (coming soon).

Almond and the seahorse

Buy The Almond and the Seahorse at or or from Sherman Cymru:

Bora Bistrah: an international intercultural project by BBC Radio 3 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Partition and the creation and independence of India and Pakistan.
Kaite was one of five writers from all over the world commissioned to write about the Pakistani diaspora from specific localities: Bradford, Beijing, Nairobi, Karachi and Detroit. Kaite's contribution, American Born Confused Desi was based on research and interviews with Pakistani immigrants in Detroit and Chicago undertaken when she was in the American Midwest earlier this year.
The play was transmitted at 8pm on BBC Radio 3 Sunday 19th August 2007.
Directed by Shabina Aslam

Kaite has been awarded a 2007 writing bursary from Y Academi, the Wales-based literature agency, in order to complete her first novel.

Face on
Disability Arts in Ireland and Beyond
edited by Kaite O'Reilly

Face On

An international publication exploring Disability and Deaf arts and culture in an Irish context.

“Face On is a milestone for the disability arts movement in Ireland, a crucial point of reference in a shifting landscape”
Fintan O’Toole, critic, journalist and cultural commentator

“…a wonderful book…”
Geof Armstrong, Director National Disability Arts Forum, UK

"On a landmark disability arts publication"
Chris Tally Evans, New Welsh Review. See the full article here.

You can as well have a look at the New Welsh Review ("On a landmark disability arts publication") by Chris Tally Evans here.

Featuring 24 contributions from key thinkers and artists from the disciplines of visual art, dance, theatre, literature, film and comedy, Face On presents cultural and political commentary, poetry, academic essays, life writing, extracts from existing scripts and a wealth of visual art.

To order copies of Face On, Price €15/£10
Contact: Katrina Goldstone at Create
telephone +353-1-4736600

For further information on Arts & Disability Ireland and Create and
telephone +353-1-4736600

A Memorial of Scattered Bodies: Alternative Dramaturgies informed by a d/Deaf and Disability Perspective
is an essay by Kaite in the eleventh volume of The Open Page issue 11, journal of the Magdalena Project - Women Theatre Practice

Open Stage

11: Theatre - Women - Practice:
the open page
A journal of women's thoughts,
questions and visions for theatre

"Cripping up is the twenty-first century's answer to blacking up":
Conversation with Kaite O'Reilly on theatre, feminism and disability',
Gender Forum, vol. 12. (2005)

An analysis of 'Peeling' in Jozefina Komporaly's recent publication
"Staging Motherhood: British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the Present" -
Palgrave, ISBN 1-4039-9909-0.

Staging Motherhood