Ní Ríain, Ailís

Ailís Ní Ríain
Ailís Ní Ríain. Image source ailis.info

Ailís Ní Ríain was born in Cork in 1974. Although her formal artistic training and career has been in classical music as a composer and pianist, she is also a playwright.

Her plays include Beaten (published as Tilt -Cork, Granary Theatre, Glasgow, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool, Unity Theatre, 2007); Cell (Manchester, Library Theatre, 2010); Desolate Heaven (London, Theatre503/Cork, Everyman Palace Theatre, 2012); The Tallest Man in the World (Cork, Corcadorca,2013); and Ostrav (a short play, London, Theatre 503, 2014).

Her plays have been published as Tilt (London, Nick Hern Books, 2007); and Desolate Heaven (London, Bloomsbury, 2013). Desolate Heaven is included in Irish Contemporary Plays ed. Patrick Lonergan, (London, Methuen Drama, 2015). Tilt is also known as Beaten.

Ní Ríain’s music-theatre or music with texts include The Falling (Manchester, 24:7 Theatre Festival, 2005); Brief Blue Electric Bloom (Manchester, AND Festival, 2009); Treasured (Liverpool, Cut to the Chase Productions, 2012); Eyeless Poems (Dublin, Béal Festival, 2012); and Intone (Liverpool, METALCulture, 2013).

Her awards include a BBC North Writers Bursary (2008); The North West Playwrights Mentorship Award (2009); the Tom Erdhart Bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Trust; and a Peggy Ramsay Foundation Bursary. She was shortlisted for the 2014 James Tait Black Prize for Drama for Desolate Heaven, and she was a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference.



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Ailís Ní Ríain at the Contemporary Music Centre

Ailís Ní Ríain at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates, London

Ailís Ní Ríain at The National Library of Ireland