John is an actor, writer and maker of film and theatre.
Film and television acting work includes the lead role in the award winning feature Locus Of Control, Wolfwalkers, The Hurler, Gloaming, Where The Wild Things Go, Old Fangs, Love/Hate and various other bits and bobs.
He is the writer of the critically acclaimed TV series Dead Still for Deadpan Pictures, for which he won an Edgar Award for Best TV Episode Teleplay and was nominated for an IFTA.
For the screen, he’s written and directed the short films Hot Water Bottle, Daffney Molloy And Other Catastrophes and Two Cats. Other short films he’s written include Seanie & Flo (Audience Choice Award, Chicago Irish Film Festival 2020. Deadpan Pictures), Kathleen (Best Screenplay – Waterford Film Festival. Paradox Pictures) and Swerve (Best Short Film – Underground Film Festival 2015. Mycrofilms). He also wrote and directed the pilot Smitten for RTÉ Storyland 2016. He was also a writer and director of the web and radio detective serial Vultures.
Work in development includes the feature screenplay The Kudome Valentine (Blue Ink Films) and the TV series The Puck Around (with Cara Loftus), The Continental Method (with Victor Lockwood) and a TV adaptation of The Roaring Banshees (with Peter McGann) for Deadpan Pictures.
For the stage he has written the plays Taboo (White Label), War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten and Heart Shaped Vinyl (Devious Theatre). He also co-wrote The Hellfire Squad and The Roaring Banshees with Peter McGann and they are currently writing the final part of their Irish historical trilogy entitled The Folklore Commission. He wrote the adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s novel The Big Chapel (Asylum/Abbey Theatre/Kilkenny Arts Festival) which was nominated for Best Production at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2020.
Other writing for theatre includes Home Theatre Ireland (Dublin Theatre Festival), Bridge Street Will Be (Asylum/Equinox) and part of Mass by The LSA (Dublin Fringe Festival). Work for children includes Don’t Shoot The Messenger, Grimm Fairytales and Andersen’s Fairytales. Writing for radio includes 100 Everyday Menaces (RTÉ Drama On One, IMRO Award Winner 2018), and an adaptation of The War Of The Worlds (KCLR/Devious Theatre, IMRO Award Winner 2009).
Previous directing work for the stage includes The Last Trip To Tipp by Gemma Creagh as part of Bench Tales (Barnstorm Theatre Company/Kilkenny Arts Festival) The Definitive View With Sneachta Ní Mhurchú (Brownbread Mixtape/Dublin Fringe Festival), Fishes (Bewleys Café Theatre), The Centre Of The Universe (Dublin Fringe Festival/Show In A Bag), The Union, Heart Shaped Vinyl, Phantasm (Devious Theatre).
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