Carr, Marina

Marina Carr
Marina Carr. Image source gallerypress.com

Marina Carr was born in 1964 and grew up in Co Offaly.

Her main theatrical works include Low in the Dark (Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 1989); The Deer’s Surrender (Dublin, Andrews Lane Theatre,1990); This Love Thing (Dublin, Project Arts Centre, and Belfast, Old Museum Building, 1991); Ullaloo (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, The Peacock stage, 1991); The Mai (The Peacock, 1994); Portia Coughlan (The Peacock, 1996); On Raftery’s Hill (Galway, The Druid Theatre Company, 1996); Ariel (The Abbey, 2002); Woman and Scarecrow (London, Royal Court, 2006); The Cordelia Dream (London, The Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008); Marble (The Abbey, 2009); and The Giant Blue Hand (Dublin, The Ark, 2009).

Her plays have been published as Low in the Dark (Nick Hern Books, 1991 and 1995); The Mai (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1995/Syracuse University Press, 1995). The Gallery Press publishes The Mai, Portia Coughlan (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 1997), By The Bog of Cats (Irish Times/ ESB Award for Best New Play, 1998), On Raftery’s Hill, Ariel, Woman and Scarecrow and The Cordelia Dream (December 2008). The Mai is included in an anthology edited by Frank McGuinness (Faber 1996). Faber have also published Marina Carr Plays 1 (1999); Woman and Scarecrow (2006); The Cordelia Dream (2008); and Marina Carr: Plays 2 (2009).

Her awards include The Irish Times Best New Play Award, the Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Play Award 1994 for The Mai, a McCauley Fellowship, a Hennessey Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and an E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

She is a member of Aosdánaand lives in Kerry.


Marina Carr at Irish Playography

Marina Carr at The Gallery Press

Marina Carr at Faber & Faber

Death becomes her. Marina Carr interview in The Guardian

Marina Carr at The National Library of Ireland