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Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival


9th - 11th November 2018

MICHAEL SCOTT  is an independent international theatre director and producer.


He received his theatre training in Europe and has been Theatre Director of the Project Arts Centre, Programme Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Director of the Tivoli Theatre Dublin and the RHA Downstairs. Currently Artistic Director of the City Theatre Dublin, his productions have been seen in Ireland, England, Germany, USA,  Iceland, Wales, Scotland and France.


His own original play "Dancing at the Ballroom of Romance" starring Mary McEvoy played in the actual Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne (2008) and at the Errigal Festival in Donegal(2009).  In 2010 his play "Dracula" was at the Tivoli. In June 2012 he directed and produced "Love Letters" with David Soul and Jerry Hall at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.


Theatre productions include John B. Keane’s "The Matchmaker" (Dublin, Edinburgh and New York) which was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics award off-Broadway, in Ireland "Sisters" with Anna Manahan, "The Vagina Monologues", "The Field", "The Cuchulain Cycle" (W.B.Yeats), "Dracula", "The Snowman", "Shirley Valentine",  "Mysteries 2000" and Cecelia Ahern’s "Mrs. Whippy" for City Theatre Dublin, "Bent", "The Antigone",  "Trafford Tanzi", "The Normal Heart" at Project, "Private Dick" (Druid). "Ella" (Iceland), and Thomas Kilroy’s version of "Ghosts at the Abbey", "The Woman In Black" at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.


As Author and Director,  plays and adaptations include "Dracula" with Christopher Nolan, "Torchlight And Laser Beams" for the Dublin and Edinburgh Theatre Festivals,  "Dracula" (RHA & Tivoli), Brendan Behan's "The Hostage" (An Giall) with Niall Tobin,  "Fragments Of Isabella" with Gabrielle Reidy for stage and film, "Those Three Days" (Pro-Cathedral Dublin and Divis Cathedral, Belfast) with Stephen Vernon, "The Agamemnon" (Red Kettle), and "The Yellow Man" with Pauline Bewick).


With Eurovision winner Shay Healy, he has written eight children's shows.  In 2011 his play "One" won the Best New Writing Award at the International Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin and was nominated for the “Intercultural Dialogue award”


His reinvestigations of the works of  W.B. Yeats are celebrated, his production of "The Cuchulain Cycle" has been described “as the most vigorously dramatic presentation of Yeats seen in four decades”  His two chamber operas based on plays by W.B Yeats "Purgatory" and "The Dreaming of the Bones" have been acclaimed.


For Siamsa Tire (The National Folk Theatre) he wrote "Songs Of Leaving" (1989) and "Tobar Na Scealta/The Well of Stories" (2004) and for Duchas Folk Theatre (Trim) "Songs By The River".


In 2014 he presented a show based on breast cancer in women "Keeping Abreast" and  "The Matchmaker" by John B. Keane at the Edinburgh Festival


He has just completed writing a song cycle of based on the poetry of W.B.Yeats "Songs from the Swans at Coole"which premiered on Yeat's 150th Birthday at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, for two opera singers, tenor and soprano. The production played at Expo Milan 2015 and has been invited to play in Paris, Derry and New York in 2016.



Michael Scott - Director