Eva O'Connor

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Eva O'Connor
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A portrait of O'Connor from 'Clinical Lies'
Years active2009–present

Eva O'Connor is an Irish stage actress and playwright.

O'Connor's play My Name Is Saoirse—a one-woman show in which she starred—was performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe[1] and 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival.[2] The show won the First Fortnight Award at the latter; the prize included a performance at the following year's festival.[3]

O'Connor has written and performed acclaimed shows in each of the past four years at the Edinburgh Fringe: Substance in 2013; National Student Drama Festival award winner Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I Am in 2012; My Best Friend Drowned in a Swimming Pool in 2011 and Clinical Lies in 2010.[4]

O'Connor is noted for her performance in Broken Croí, Heart Briste during the 2009 Dublin Fringe Festival, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress as part of the Irish Times Theatre Awards.[5]

O'Connor's short story The Midnight Sandwich was written for BBC Radio 4 and her reading of it was also broadcast on the station in October 2017.[6]


O'Connor's play Overshadowed was first performed in 2015 at the Tiger Dublin Fringe, where it was awarded the Fishamble Award for Best New Writing; it subsequently appeared at the 2016 First Fortnight and Edinburgh Fringe festivals and toured Ireland in October 2016.[7] A year later, in October 2017, BBC 3 broadcast an eight-episode drama based on Overshadowed.[8][9] Later that month she discussed its portrayal of anorexia on television with Hadley Freeman on BBC Radio 4's Front Row.[10]

Reviewing Overshadowed for The Independent, Kate Leaver noted, "Anorexia is a notoriously difficult subject for TV, movies, books and songs to get right. It is the deadliest mental illness—20 per cent of sufferers die prematurely because of their condition—and yet, we struggle to make decent, responsible pop culture about it. […] And so, I’m left wondering, is it even possible to make responsible art about eating disorders? What’s more important: telling our stories for the purpose of increased compassion, or protecting those who might be susceptible to the disorder from feeling inspired? We may have an answer, in a brand new TV show out this week on BBC3. […] In this show, anorexia is actually personified. The illness is played by one of the writers of the show, Eva O’Connor, and it works quite effectively to demonstrate that an eating disorder is separate from the person it latches onto. Anorexia, as we see here, is a parasite and a manipulator – more complex and more sinister than a diet".[11]


  1. ^ "My Name is Saoirse - 2014 Edinburgh Fringe".
  2. ^ "My Name is Saoirse - Tiger Dublin Fringe".
  3. ^ O'Connor, Eva (30 December 2016). "Eva O'Connor on turning mental health experiences into art". www.rte.ie. Dublin: Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Fringe praise for Ogonnelloe playwright". The Clare Champion. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  5. ^ "Nomination for the Irish Times Theatre Awards". The Irish Critic. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  6. ^ Writer and Reader: Eva O'Connor; Producer: Michael Shannon (27 October 2017). "The Midnight Sandwich". Short Works. BBC. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Overshadowed". www.sundayschildtheatre.com. Sunday's Child. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Overshadowed". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  9. ^ "New BBC3 vlogger drama Overshadowed to air all at once this autumn". www.radiotimes.com. Radio Times. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  10. ^ Presenter: John Wilson; Producer: Jerome Weatherald; Interviewed guests: Eva O'Connor, Hadley Freeman (10 October 2017). "Director Sally Potter, Composer Jimmy Webb, Anorexia on screen". Front Row. 08:20 minutes in. BBC. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  11. ^ Leaver, Kate (2 October 2017). "Unlike 'To The Bone', the BBC's 'Overshadowed' is an example of how to make TV shows about anorexia". The Independent. London. Retrieved 31 October 2017.