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Ciaran McConville

Ciaran McConville studied at Durham University (English Lit BA 2:1) and Arts Ed (Professional Acting PGDip) and worked on-stage for nine years before joining the Rose Theatre as Director of Learning & Participation. Ciaran’s Christmas productions have been some of the bestselling plays staged at the Rose. Ciaran was a finalist of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Award and, with Beth Flintoff, a founding director of Debut Theatre Company.




Night Growler – 2020

Short film directed and written by Ciaran


Beauty and the Beast (writer) – 2021

Rose Theatre Kingston

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (adaptation / director) – 2020

Tilted Wig Productions – UK touring

Quest for the Blue Orchid (writer) – 2020

Kew Gardens

The Snow Queen (adaptation / director) – 2019

Rose Theatre Kingston

Hansel & Gretel (adaptation) – 2018

Rose Theatre Kingston

Beast Quest (writer) – 2018

Historic Royal Palaces

Alice in Wonderland (adaptation / director) – 2017

Rose Theatre Kingston

The Wind In The Willows (adaptation / director) – 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston

The Creature: A Retelling of Frankenstein – 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston

A Christmas Carol (adaptation / director) – 2015-2016

Rose Theatre Kingston

Tess of the d’Urbervilles (adaptation) – 2013

Rose Theatre Kingston

Crooked Little House – 2012

Bad Physics, Clerkenwell Design Week

Miracleboy – 2012

Bad Physics, Clerkenwell Design Week

The Trial (adaptation) – 2012

Rose Theatre Kingston

Horrible Histories: Barmy Brits (adaptation / co-writer) – 2012

Birmingham Stage Company, Garrick Theatre and international tour

Oliver Twist (adaptation) – 2012

Rose Theatre Kingston

Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans – 2011

Birmingham Stage Company, No.1 Tour Jan – Dec

Our Town: A Kingston Story – 2010

The Rose Theatre Kingston

Pitching In – 2010

Bad Physics, Latitude Festival

The Realm – 2009

The Rose Theatre Kingston

Snowbound – 2008
Trafalgar Studios, National Theatre Studio (showcase reading)

The Settling Dust – 2005

Union Theatre

These Four Walls – 2004
Debut Theatre Company (Edinburgh and tour)

Soho Theatre

Shostakovich – 2004
Debut Theatre Company (Edinburgh and tour)

Nineteen Eighty-Four- 2004 

Debut Theatre Company (Edinburgh)

Touched by Fire – 2003

Debut Theatre Company (Edinburgh and tour)

Immortal (The Legend of Squadron 463)

Debut Theatre Company (Edinburgh and tour)

The Man Who Dreamed – 2002
Debut Theatre Company (Edinburgh)


Other Writing & Awards

Other writing includes My Father the Angel (developed at the NT Studio), Reach for Tomorrow and a screenplay called The Last Enemy. Other children’s plays include Pip’s War and Plastic Boy. Short films include Night Growler, Touched, Blushing Pilgrims, Parklife, Catcher in the Rye, The Girl in the Painting, Forbidden, Rage and Us.


If you are looking for one glorious package of festive wonder, head down to the Rose Theatre in Kingston because they have cracked the perfect Christmas show… This new version of the story adapted by Ciaran McConville, is a bright and hopeful production, brimming with wit, bravery, girl-power and magic… It is truly breathtaking. Broadway World

The Rose Theatre’s family Christmas show is not just a winner, it’s a masterpiece. Musical Theatre Review

Ciaran McConville has spun a hugely entertaining and magical story from the bare bones of the Grimm source material… Funny, hopeful and poignant, it’s the ideal Christmas tonic and an unequivocal triumph for all concerned. Essential Surrey

McConville teases out a harrowing personal tragedy and journey to acceptance. It’s also smartly constructed, with humour suitable for both younger audience members as well as smarter wordplay gags for the older generations. What’s On Stage

Exultation always seems to be on the brink of bursting forth in this most joyful of Christmas Carols, yet it manages to steer clear of the cloying sentimentality so beloved of the Victorians – and so derided by audiences today. Now that he has won his spurs with two successive and successful Christmas shows – last year’s Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a belter – it is about time they entrusted McConville with a big musical. The Stage

McConville’s reworking of Lewis Carroll… infuses the picaresque narrative with emotional potency… It’s all delivered with passion and panache: a shivery joy. The Times

Ciaran is certainly a playwright to follow. Lay Your Sleeping Head is brimful of meticulous observation and charming insight into both rural English and modern life as time moves between the generations … revealing a story of love, betrayal, loss and hope … I loved this show, as did the enthusiastic audience. Bravo. Newbury Weekly News

McConville beautifully conveys the sense of the shifting, bewitching desert. Evening Standard (Pick of the Week)

McConville’s play is an emotional roller-coaster of events centring not on politics but on people. The characterisations are flawless, the plot thoroughly engaging and the style intriguing with a denouement as chilling as it is unexpected. The Stage

The most professional of journalists will concede that objectivity is a chore when the person seated next to you is crying, so moved is she by the performance just seen. Such is the strength of McConville’s new play… Overlapping dialogue and sharp, bold depictions contrast to create a canvas in which we see a fuller context, a larger backdrop for the emotion. Intensely unsparing, with shimmers of well-timed comic resonance, this is lucid, important theatre. The Scotsman

Above all, this is a play about the indestructibility of the human spirit and the desperate need human beings have to create in the face of tragedy, suffering and evil… illuminating eternal truths and bringing this reviewer for one close to tears on several occasions. Venue Magazine

Words melt off the actors’ tongues easily into the cascade of rich images that will linger in the air long after the show is over, and one only has to close one’s eyes to relish in their rich flavours. Enlightening, engaging and passionate.

McConville’s script is as comical as it is haunting, maintaining a perfect balance of humour and urgency throughout.

Time Out (Critic’s Choice)

After the lights had gone up and the cast had taken their bow the audience remained seated, and silent. No rushing off to catch buses, lifts home or last orders, they just sat; this is a powerful testament to a play that through the power of its language and acting simply stops you in your tracks, leaving you stunned. Camden New Journal

This year’s undisputed highlight … a beautiful and haunting parable about art, love and the power of the imagination … Funny, touching and riotously inventive … a superbly performed gem head and shoulders above many big name, big budget productions elsewhere in the Festival. Irish Post