Dundalk, Co. Louth
Aidan Harney is an award-winning playwright from Dundalk, Ireland.
Recent commissioned work includes:
- Drogheda Arts Festival/Upstate Theatre Company ('Ship Street Revisited' 2012).
- The Focus Theatre/PurpleHeart Theatre ('Hollywood Valhalla' 2012) and
- Upstate Theatre Company ('Submarine Man' 2008 and a second tour in 2009).
In 2007, he won a national playwrighting award from Red Kettle Theatre Company for his piece 'The Unsuccessful Suicide of Trish O'Malley' which was staged as part of the 21st celebrations of Red Kettle. In 2006, Harney was shortlisted in the international QPlays Series competition run by Compass Theatre, San Diego, USA, for his play 'Love, Sex, Nicotine'.
- Other work includes 'Titus' 2005 (Dublin Fringe Festival) and 'A Monarch in Hollywood' 2002 (Rough Magic/Dublin Theatre Festival commission).
CURRENTLY Harney is completing work on a new stage drama (untitled).
1. Ship Street Revisited (Aidan Harney, 2012, Dir. Paul Hayes) A Drogheda Arts Festival/Upstate Theatre Company commission.
"An accomplished artistic... picture of industry, of community, but most vividly one of people; alive to the emasculation of brewery layoffs, the unofficial fashion show of Sunday morning Mass, or, in one of Harney’s most lingering tales, the difference between duties and dreams." THE IRISH TIMES, May 2012, Peter Crawley
Full Irish Times Review, May 9th, 2011 
"The most dramatic event of the arts festival." DROGHEDA INDEPENDENT, May 2012, Hubert Murphy
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2. Hollywood Valhalla (Aidan Harney, 2012, Dir. Joe Devlin) A commission for The Focus Theatre, co-produced with PurpleHeart Theatre Co.
"Mesmerising... sharp and self-assured... the most entertaining, dramatically satisfying two-hander I've witnessed for some time." IRISH INDEPENDENT, January 31, 2012, John McKeown
"Shines like a row of paparazzi flash-bulbs... nuanced and affecting" FOUR STARS * * * * METRO, January 2012, Lucy White
"It's quite an achievement... whimsical, courageous, dignified" SUNDAY INDEPENDENT, January 2012, Emer O'Kelly
"Both Byrnes and Roche play it beautifully" IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE, January 2012, Harvey O'Brien
"Truly touching." entertainment.ie, February 2012
"Simply stunning... Poignant, funny, and thought provoking in equal measure. Only the hardest heart could fail to be moved by this." Le Cool, May 2012, Frances Winston
FOUR STARS * * * * THE IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY, January 2012, Michael Moffatt
3. Submarine Man: The little-known life of John P. Holland (Aidan Harney, 2008, Dir. David Horan) A commission for Upstate Theatre Company.
(Re-staged for a second tour in 2009.)
“Genuinely gripping… there is no doubting that Harney is a real talent.” Irish Theatre Magazine: Fintan Walsh
“A tongue-in-cheek combination of knockabout comedy and Synge-style dialogue. Never a dull moment.” IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY
“Wonderful! If you have any kind of passing interest in history and historical figures, in theatre or in comedy you will enjoy this play.” CULCH.IE, April 14th, 2009
4. Titus (Aidan Harney, 2007) for the Dublin Fringe Festival
“A writing style, textured and elegant… with great energy”
Irish Theatre Magazine, September 2007: Fintan Walsh
5. The Unsuccessful Suicide of Trish O’Malley (Aidan Harney, 2007, Dir. Zoe Seaton) A commission for Red Kettle Theatre Company to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the company.
“… manages to get you feeling, thinking and laughing all at the same time.”
IN DUBLIN, May 10th-16th, 2007
In 2006, Harney was shortlisted in the international QPlays Series competition run by Compass Theatre, San Diego, USA, for his play Love, Sex, Nicotine.
6. Being Miss Ross (Aidan Harney, 2005, Dir. Alice Coughlan of Wonderland Theatre Festival). A staged reading.
“… while it is wonderfully funny, it is much more than that. Harney has his finger on the pulse of contemporary Dublin life. For all its laughs, Being Miss Ross is a socially engaged and very serious play that tackles some very thorny issues in contemporary Ireland… it is that rare thing in theatre, a play with a lot of head and a lot of heart.”
GCN, May 9th, 2005: Denis Kehoe
7. A Monarch in Hollywood (Aidan Harney, 2002, Dir. Audrey Devereux). A commission for Rough Magic Theatre Company and Dublin Fringe Festival.
“…Aidan Harney’s writing is dextrous… his dialogue witty and well-judged…" FOUR STARS * * * *
The Irish Times, Friday, September 27, 2002: Belinda McKeon
“A Monarch in Hollywood has the atmosphere of a Douglas Sirk melodrama… reveals a playwright who crafts sharp one-liners, has a facility for creating fascinating characters and leaves Irish provincialism a long way behind.”
EVENING HERALD, September 28th, 2002: Luke Clancy
8. An Eye for an Eye (Aidan Harney, 2000, Dir. Audrey Devereux). A staged reading by Fishamble Theatre Company.
‘Digging for Fire’ by Declan Hughes (Dublin & Belfast) 1998. Dir: Peter Daly. ‘Scenes from the New World’ by Eric Bogosian, 1999. Dir: Eibhlin Ní Ruairc. ‘Angels in America: Part I, Millennium Approaches’ by Tony Kushner, 1999. Dir: Roisin Browne. ‘Angels in America: Part II, Perestroika’ by Tony Kushner, 1999. Dir: Peter Daly. ‘In the Bleak MidWinter’ by Kenneth Branagh, 2000. Dir: Delphine Coudray.
- Aidan Harney: A Complete Guide to his Work "Bibliography", www.doollee.com.
- Irish Playography "Submarine Man" Submarine Man
- The Abbey Theatre 2009 "Abbey Theatre Press Release"
- Being Miss Ross’ "Review Being Miss Ross"
- Red Kettle Theatre company "Red Kettle Theatre company"
- Blog review of Submarine man "Review"