The Best New Play category sees nominations for three plays which premiered on Abbey Street: Citysong, This Beautiful Village and Dublin Will Show You How. And if you missed This Beautiful Village last year, catch it again when it returns for an Abbey Stage run this summer, before embarking on a six-venue national tour.

Citysong and Dublin Will Show You How also feature in the Best Supporting Actress category. Amy Conroy gets a nod for her portrayal of Fionn and other characters in Dylan Coburn Gray’s Citysong, which toured to Soho Theatre in London and the Galway International Arts Festival; while Liz Fitzgibbon has been nominated for the roles of Josie and others in Dublin Will Show You How, our co-production with The Complex.

The Abbey also features prominently in the design categories for shows including Citysong, Drama at Inish, Redemption Falls, In Our Veins and It was wasy (in the end).

Finally, we are very proud of the support we gave to The Big Chapel X which has been nominated for three awards including Best Production.

The awards ceremony will take place in early April and we look forward to celebrating another great year of Irish theatre with our friends and colleagues across the country.


By Dylan Coburn Gray
An Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre co-production
Best New Play
Best Supporting Actress (Amy Conroy)
Best Set Design (Sarah Bacon)

Drama at Inish
By Lennox Robinson
An Abbey Theatre production
Best Set Design (Sarah Bacon)
Best Costume Design (Sarah Bacon)

Dublin Will Show You How
By Tracy Martin
An Abbey Theatre and The Complex co-production
Best New Play
Best Supporting Actress (Liz Fitzgibbon)

In Our Veins
By Lee Coffey
Bitter Like A Lemon and the Abbey Theatre in association with Dublin Port Company
Best Movement Direction (Paula O’Reilly)
Best Soundscape (Denis Clohessy)

It was easy (in the end)
By Grace Dyas
An Abbey Theatre and THEATREclub co-production
Best Soundscape (Frank Sweeney)

Redemption Falls
Freely adapted from the novel by Joseph O’Connor
Devised and performed by the Moonfish ensemble
A Moonfish Theatre, Abbey Theatre and Galway International Arts Festival co-production in association with Town Hall Theatre
Best Lighting Design (Sarah Jane Shiels)

The Big Chapel X
Based on The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy
Adapted by John Morton, Medb Lambert and Donal Gallagher
Asylum Productions and Kilkenny Arts Festival with the support of the Abbey Theatre
Best Production
Best Ensemble
Best Lighting Design (Paul Keogan)

This Beautiful Village
By Lisa Tierney-Keogh
An Abbey Theatre production
Best New Play

By Mark O’Doherty
Livin’ Dred Theatre Company presented by the Abbey Theatre
Best Actor (Seamus O’Rourke)
Best Supporting Actress (Clare Barrett)


You can see the full list of nominations on the Irish Times website.

Image: Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray © Ros Kavanagh