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Kathryn O’Reilly

About Kathryn O’Reilly

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. She recently completed an MA in Playwright from the University of Essex, for which she received a distinction, as well as completing a short course with NFTS for Scripwriting for Film & TV.

“Kathryn is a playwright of real promise and has the capacity to become a significant artist and to make a significant contribution to British playwriting” Simon Stephens, Playwright

Praise for Kathryn’s play POISON POLLUTED –

“The poetic writing combines with physical performances to create a moving story of sadness and lost hope in a world where young women in poverty can too easily fall through the gaps in the system.” The Stage

” Superbly written dark play by Kathryn O’Reilly about two sisters living with the effects of a toxic childhood. The writing masterly weaves together poetry and dialogue to convey a very painful story” Stage Door

‘Poisoned Polluted’ is a fearless account of the repercussions of a childhood torn apart by neglect and abuse… O’Reilly’s dialogue is unrelenting and clawing in a way that a desperate, symbiotic relationship can be. TheatreNews

Praise for Kathryn’s play SCREWED –

“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.



    • Production
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    • Notes
    • Short Film
    • CAUGHT
    • Short Film


    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • Staged Readings:
    • SEVERED (2019)
    • Soho Theatre
    • Dir. Jelena Budimir | Cast: Maggie Steed, Joanna Bacon, Barbara Pierson, Linda Clark
    • CAUGHT
    • Bush Theatre – Boom Festival
    • Dir. Rikki Beadle-Blair
    • Theatre Royal Stratford East
    • Dir. Kathryn O’Reilly | Cast: Eileen Page, Joanna Bacon, Barbara Pierson, Linda Clark, Eloise Joseph
    • Out of Joint
    • Dir. Blanche McIntyre | Cast: Cary Mulligan, Celia Imrie, Phil Davis, Jamie Foreman, Johnny Harris, Matthew Needham, Emma Lowndes
    • Hampstead
    • Dir. Jessica Swale | Cast: Dani Sapani, Lisa Kerr, Samswainsbury
    • Oval
    • Dir. Pia Furtafo | Cast: Rebecca Scroggs, Gary Beadle, Matthew Needham, Kathryn O'Reilly
    • Tristan Bates Theatre – Team Angelica, Louder Than Words Festival
    • Dir. Hannah Eidinow | Cast: Kathryn O’Reilly, Eloise Joseph, Anthony Welsh, Gary Carr