The Last Cottage

Work in progress of the Last Cottage, a new writing in development based on two years research and development into playwright J M Synge, his connection to Wicklow and his one act play, The Shadow of the Glen.

The Last Cottage began as Gleannmolura-Reimagining Synges Wicklow.

A devised theatre project in collaboration with theatre director and playwright Cliona O’ Connell. Both of us artists are based in Co Wicklow and received initial research and development funding from Wicklow Arts Office to begin work on our new project. Gleannmolura-Reimagining Synges Wicklow.  

We are supported by the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely and through them have received funding to develop our project as part of the Theatre Artist Residency Scheme for 2021 funded by the Arts Council Ireland.

Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Wicklow, Sat 7th May @8pm 2022.

Written and Directed by Cliona O’ Connell

Performed by Andrea Kelly

Projects in Development

Rathgall Hillfort Project

Artist in the Community funded project in collaboration with Ballyconnell N.S and the community of Rath, Co, Wicklow.

 6 months research and development phase commenced in July .


Rebel Boob UK 2021 Performances and tour tbc.

In February 2020 before Covid 19 took hold of the planet I was in Brighton, UK working on a verbatim theatre project called ‘Rebel Boob‘ with Brighton based theatre company Speak up Act Out. It’s a five female performed show with verbatim accounts from women who survived breast cancer. It is a mix of theatre, dance and video. It is directed by Angela El Ziend who also performs in it. Cast include Angela El Ziend, Chess Dillon, Aurea Williamson, Hermione Purvis and Andrea Kelly. We had our debut performance at The Old Market in Brighton on 13th March .

Theatre Credits

Director/Creative Producer

Jenny Wyse power- Reflections on late 1921-1922 and the road to Civil War. 

Witness, Courthouse Arts Centre, Na Taidhbhearc na Gaillimhe 2014, Galway Theatre Festival 2015

Eclipsed Rehearsed Playreading Mick Lally Theatre 2013.


Rebel Boob, Ensemble performer 2020/2021 Brighton and the UK
Performer, Frantic Assembly Advanced Training Performance,London, November 2017
 ‘Madame De Markievicz on Trial’ The New Theatre 2016 tour
 ‘Witness’ Galway Theatre Festival 2015
‘A Grey Area’ 5 Lamps Arts Festival ,
’Witness’ OR Productions
‘The Good Neighbour’ Fluxx UK
The Vortex ‘ The Gate
The House’ Abbey
’Tribes Alive’ Galway
‘A Mother Speaks’ London
‘The Maids‘ Theatrcorp
’Blood Wedding’ Theatrecorp
The Well of the Saints’ Druid
Kenka and Kandachime’ ‘Torifune Butoh Shah’
‘The Ballad of the Sad Café’
‘The Possibilities’ Samuel Beckett Centre
‘The Bower Wall’ Druid Debuts
’Haiku ‘Bloodstone
‘As You Like It, Getting Through and Different Drummers’ Galway Youth Theatre

Complicite Roots of Actors Training  London 2019
Frantic Assembly Advanced Training Workshop 2019
Certificate in Contemporary Dance Birkbeck, London 2011
Bachelor in Acting Studies trinity College Dublin 2003
Space programme Residency, Performance  Corporation ,Tyrone Guthrie Centre,2017
Fabulous Beast Workshop Galway 2013
Torifune Butoh Shah, Workshop and performance, TCD, 2004
Roy Harte Workshop Ivan Middlemich TCD 2002
Corn Exchange Commedia Workshop
Blue Raincoat Physical Theatre Workshop
Galway youth Theatre/ Certificate in Performance

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