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Donal Gallagher

Donal is co-founder and co-artistic Director of Asylum Productions. 

He has directed the bulk of Asylum’s work to date, including The Chronicles of Oggle (Asylum/Everyman, 2013); Red Lola(Asylum – Cork Midsummer Festival & Kinsale Arts Week); Meat (Granary -Cork Midsummer Festival, premier); Pondlife Angels(world premier) & Bedbound (Asylum/Cork Midsummer Festival – and national tour), both by Enda Walsh.

He is also a freelance director, his credits include

credits include:

Love, Peace and Robbery (Chameleon); Circu Islu for Catalonian based McBride & Sons – a puppet circus in a miniature Victorian circus tent.

He co-wrote and directed Love All for Cheery Wild/Ten42 (National tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012) and wrote & directed Cinderella for the Source Arts Centre.

He has also directed large-scale street theatre spectacles for Abhainn Ri Festival, and co-directed and performed in The Chancy Brothers – a giant puppet show for Bui Bolg.

He directed The Lost Prince for Kilkenny-based Inclusive Theatre company Equinox; and facilitated the creation of the first Deaf theatre ensemble, Spirit Of Sign, under the Arts Council Artist in the Community Award.

International directing work includes The Miracle for Theatre Jungen Generation, Dresden; and for Boomerang; Masquerade, (Planetado Festival, France (Arts Council Bursary Award); and the world premier of Chatroom by Enda Walsh at the National Theatre, London.

As an actor, Donal appeared as Jonah in The Whale (Talking Birds) – a 3-minute touring show for 1 audience member at a time performed inside an aluminium whale, and multiple roles in The Last Lot at Kilkenny cattle Mart (both for Talking Birds, Coventry). He also co-devised and performed Asylum’s two hander adaptation of The Bald Prima Donna, which enjoyed sell-out success at Edinburgh Fringe 2001, and went on to play in Germany and the US.

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