Kathryn was a member of the Royal Court Young Writers programme and has a B.A. Hons in drama from LAMDA where she won the original poetry writing competition two years consecutively.
“Kathryn has a striking and unusual lyrical talent, and an extraordinary ability to reveal human anxieties and obsessions” Max Stafford-Clark.
Her debut play SCREWED premiered at Theatre503 for a four week run, June-July 2016. Funded by the Arts Council and The Richard Carne Trust.
“A witty look at female friendship in a broken society. O’Reilly has a great ear for the scrappy rhythm of everyday speech. An assured debut, at times sharply observed and bruisingly funny” Tom Wicker Time Out
“O’Reilly really has done a wonderful job on her debut play, it is youthful and full of fire, it’s funny because it’s so entirely true…I could’t ask for more from a play, there are explorations of lifestyles, relationships, diversity and killer dialogue” Bethany Dickinson A Younger Theatre.
CAUGHT (Bush Theatre – Boom Festival)
Dir. Rikki Beadle-Blair
SEVERED (Theatre Royal Stratford East)
Dir. Kathryn O’Reilly
Cast: Eileen Page, Joanna Bacon, Barbara Pierson, Linda Clark, Eloise Joseph
SCARRED (Out of Joint)
Dir. Blanche McIntyre
Cast: Cary Mulligan, Celia Imrie, Phil Davis, Jamie Foreman, Johnny Harris, Matthew Needham, Emma Lowndes
Klink Klank Echoes (Tristan Bates Theatre – Team Angelica, Louder Than Words Festival) Dir. Hannah Eidinow
Cast: Kathryn O’Reilly, Eloise Joseph, Anthony Welsh, Gary Carr
“The moment I started reading the first draft of this play I was swept up – in it’s rhythm, it’s swagger, it’s natural flow. How can such a dramatic, shocking play be so seductive, so sexy, so beautiful..? This play has alchemy – Kathryn has a unique voice. Truly inspirational!” Rikki Beadle-Blair