Programme for The F Word (2021)

Forgiveness by Owen Fitzpatrick

Lisa Walsh as Laura
Robert Harrington as Martin

Food of Love by Lorna Kelly-Dalton

Geraldine McAlinden as Marie
Michael Heavey as Paddy

The Deal by Catherine Barry

Rose Henderson as the woman
Joe Purcell as the man

Actors Biographies In order of appearance.

Lisa Walsh

Lisa Walsh is an Actress, Voice-Over Artist, Theatre Maker and Behavioral Change Communications Coach.

Some acting credits for TV and Film include: Fair City, Game Of Thrones, Cluck (Dir. Michael Lavelle), Shadow Dancer (Dir. James Marsh) and Pat Short’s Mattie.

Some Theatre credits include: Rapid’s, Advocacy, I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard) and Do you Read Me? with Talking Shop Ensemble. National tour of The Poor Little Boy With No Arms by Mikel Murfi and One Duck (Dir. Oonagh Murphy). Ionesco’s The Lesson (Dir. Zoe Ni Riordan). Nobody Smokes Anymore by Peter Sheridan and Across the Pond by Shane Fallon (Dir. Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy) for Shiva Productions.
Lisa is a founding member of Talking Shop Ensemble Theatre Company, (winners of Best Ensemble 2014, Best New Writing 2013, Lir Revival Award 2013). She also works in film production co-ordination and casting for Twelve Media (Academy Award Oscar nominated Short film 2019). Lisa trained in Drama and Theatre Studies at the Samuel Beckett Centre, TCD, the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York and in Contemporary Irish Theatre Practice at The Lir Academy.

Robert Harrington

Robert has enjoyed both national and international tours over the past twelve years of his career. Some of his favourite shows have been here and abroad. They include, The Shadow of a Gunman (The New Theatre), PinterX4 (Pearse Centre), In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Beckett Theatre), Mary Stuart (Freemason Hall) and La Locandiera (Edinburgh Fringe festival). He starred in feature film, Vaudevillians in 2016, among other independent films. He has also written and directed a number of short films. This is Rob’s second time working with Shiva productions

Geraldine McAlinden

Geraldine is an actor, film maker and theatre maker, from Northern Ireland.

She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting for two years, and at The Focus Theatre, where she was also an associate director. She completed The Screen Acting Programme at Bow Street Academy where she trained with Kirsten Sheridan, Shimmy Marcus, Lance Daly and Maureen Hughes.

Geraldine worked with Shiva Productions in 2016, playing two roles in Angels in the Park II. Some of Geraldine’s other theatre acting credits include The 24 Hour Plays at The Abbey Theatre (2020), One Day by Dick Walsh, and Remember to Breathe (Dublin Fringe 2015).

Geraldine’s film acting credits include Ordinary Love, Black 47, The Secret Scripture, Dark Lies the Island, and Portrait of a Zombie (Winner of the 2013 Underground Film Festival’s Best Independent Feature award). Her performance in Portrait of a Zombie led to her being long listed for an IFTA for Best Actress in a leading role in a feature film in 2013. Her TV acting credits include Blood, Striking Out, Red Rock and Cumann na mBan 100.

Her stage directing and production credits include the plays Orphans, The New York Monologues and The Cripple of Inishmaan, and film directing and production credits include Helmets and Thorny Island. She also produced the short films Enough (selected for screening at the 2015 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival) and Any Given Night (which she co-wrote). Other writing credits include the tiny play Knowing (published and produced by Fishamble’s Tiny Plays for Ireland in 2013), Constance and her Friends in Dublin Castle (co-written with Mary Moynihan), and the short films The Crack and Breaking In (which she co-wrote).

Michael Heavey

Michael recently played Willie Gibson in a dramatised documentary about the life of Violet Gibson, directed by Barrie Dowdall. 2019 has also seen him play Mark in Not Swiped directed by Kevin De La Isla O’Neill. Other recent stage performances include the critically acclaimed The Collector by Daniel Wade and Some Other Doorway by Fiona Kelly. He was directed by Margaret Dunne in Scenes from Minding Frankie and Aches and Pains, both adapted for stage by Shay Linehan from books by Maeve Binchy.

His previous work has included stage performances in Dr. Seward’s Dracula, It Came From Mars, Beings of the Other World. He has performed in Shiva Productions’ Angels in the Park series and in the Discover Dalkey Literary Gems Series in which he played many roles from the writings of Wilde, O’Casey, Synge, Leonard, Flann O’Brien, and Shay Linehan. He has appeared at the National Gallery in Michael Casey’s Cupidity and in Gerard Dalton’s The Stations. Other film credits include The Hit Producer, The Old Secret, Dirt, and The Smoking Volcano.

Rose Henderson

Rose Henderson is an actor best known for her performance as Sister Assumpta in Father Ted, and possibly as Mary, Daniel O’Donnell’s one-time fan in the Energia Gas Boiler Safety ad. Other credits include children’s programme Pajo’s Junkbox, regular comedy for Nighthawks and Val in Fair City for RTE. She has written two plays, Ruby Tuesday directed by Deirdre Molloy and Take Off Your Cornflakes directed by Liam Halligan, a Show In a Bag for Fringe 2017. This was supported by the Arts Council on a National Tour as well as a Festival in Finland. Recent film credits include Modern Love with Sophie Okenedo and Tobias Menzies, As Luck Would Have It with JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Alan Leech, and Ordinary Love with Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville. Rose was nominated for Richard Harris Best Actor in a Female Role and got a DICFF Special Mention Award for the short Rip to the Rescue by Cian McGarrigle, directed by Paudie Baggot. She has just written and produced the short film Shifting Sands, which was selected for Screen Ireland/Bowe Street Actor As Creator Scheme and will be premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh this year.

Joe Purcell

Joe trained at the Stanislavski Actors Studio under Deirdre O’Connell. Over the last few years Joe has worked extensively with Shiva Productions on various instalments of Angels in the Park, appearing in plays The Deal, Footfall, University of Grief, and the title play, Angels in the Park. He toured nationally and internationally with Angels in the Park, including performances in London and Paris in 2015. Other theatre work includes Pygmalion (Abbey Theatre), Agamemnon and Blood Ties with Classic Stage Ireland, and many more, here and London. TV work includes Game Of Thrones (season three). Joe is currently writing his debut play.

Writers Biographies

Owen Fitzpatrick

Owen Fitzpatrick is an award winning filmmaker and actor from Dublin who now lives in New York having gained an artist Green card for outstanding and extraordinary ability as a writer. Four of his short films are on Amazon Prime in the USA and Australia, and Owen has won awards in festivals in the United States and Ireland. Most recently, 2019, he won the New York Filmmaker of the year at the Chain NYC Film Festival. He has written ten short films that have been produced in the last five years and he has completed a year-long Professional Screenwriters course at UCLA.

Owen’s background is as a Psychologist. His TEDx talk ‘Mind Control’ which was rhymed in its entirety from 2016 has had more than one million views and he has written 8 non-fiction books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has travelled to more than 100 countries and speaks on storytelling and communication around the world.

Lorna Kelly-Dalton

Lorna’s short 10 minute plays Secrets and Food of Love were performed as part of Shiva productions touring production Angels in the Park in 2015 & 2016 respectively.

Lorna starting writing some years ago when she was asked to write comedy sketches and an original panto for local variety groups. She went on to write and direct dramatisations for a mental health seminar. After working and attending workshops with the charity ‘Suicide or Survive’, she wrote her first full length play, Lean on Me. In 2013 Lean On Me debuted to a sold-out audience in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. This led to it being produced by Causeway Productions, and further successful runs in The Sean O’Casey Theatre, Athy Community Arts Centre, and The Moat Theatre, in Naas. In 2018 Quill Productions produced a short run of Lean on Me, and in December 2019 GJ Productions performed it in Drimnagh to a standing ovation.

Lorna was asked to write a short play, School Tour, as part of a collection of plays for Jigsaw Offaly’s ‘Write your Mind’ initiative. The play was performed in various theatres around Ireland, and went on to be part of the First Fortnight Festival. It was subsequently adapted into a radio play for RTE Radio, and in April 2020 and was nominated for an award at the New York Festivals in the Best Digital Drama category.

Catherine Barry

Catherine was born in 1963 on the North side of Dublin. She is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist. Catherine’s first book ‘The House that Jack built’ was published in 2001, ‘Null and Void’ in 2002, ‘Skindeep’ in 2004, ‘Charlie & Me’ in 2011 and ‘This Woman’s Work’ in 2016. Her books have been translated and published in many other European countries. Catherine’s short stories have appeared in many compilation books including ‘Chicken soup for the soul’ and ‘Irish girls about town’. Catherine has also written several plays two of which have gone to stage. Her short play The Deal was performed by Shiva Productions in The Irish Cultural Center in Paris, and in London, in June 2015. Catherine also adapted her book ‘Charlie & Me’ for stage, which recently ran in the Sean O’ Casey Theatre in Dublin. Catherine’s sixth book, ‘A Beautiful Pain’ – a collection of poetry, was published in February 2020.

Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy – Director/Producer

Aoibhinn has worked extensively in Irish theatre and dabbled a little in film, in many capacities; as actor, producer, director, casting director, and assistant director. Aoibhinn was trained by former Lee Strasberg student Deirdre O’Connell at the Stanislavski Actors Studio from 1992-2000.

She founded Shiva Productions in 2011, and has directed all productions for the company since, including Blood Knot by Athol Fugard(2011), Break Time Devised (2013), the Angels in the Park series (2013-2016, National Tours, Paris, London), Meet Me in the Gardens by Sharon McCoy (National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, 2018) and The F Word (2020). She also acted as director and dramaturg on human rights play I Want to Knowby Elizabeth Moynihan, for The National Youth Council of Ireland, which debuted on the Irish National Theatre (Abbey Theatre) stage in 2015.

Thanks to:

Dublin City Council Arts Office for grant-aiding this production. Ray Yeates in particular for his support.
Dublin City Council Parks Department.


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