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Obituary: Phillip Zarrilli – 1943-2020

International theatre-maker Phillip Zarrilli has died, aged 73. In tribute, Kaite O'Reilly gives a moving eulogy to a theatre director, performer and teacher who she collaborated with over 21 years. On 9th March 2020 when Phillip received the news from his oncologist that the cancer he had been living with for fourteen ...

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From Singapore to Swansea – this writing life

I’m back in the rather wild and windy west of Wales after a stupendously creative six weeks in Singapore, working on a production with Intercultural Theatre Institute, plus a lecture-performance and workshop with Access Path Productions  for Singapore Writers Festival. I’ve been to the writer’s festival in the past, so it ...

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Is disability culture going mainstream? ‘richard iii redux’ shortlisted for 2019 James Tait Black Award

I know the answer even as I wrote the title for this blog… No. And define ‘mainstream’ while you’re about it, O’Reilly. And ‘disability culture’… and no, I am not going to turn this blog into one of my academic essays about Crip’ culture and interweaving performance cultures (though I can refer ...

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So let’s talk about representation of bodies… richard iii redux

There has been a spate of high profile all-female productions of Shakespeare the past few years – Maxine Peake playing Hamlet in Manchester and Phillyda Lloyd’s trilogy of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and last year’s The Tempest, to name just a few. As a woman working in theatre, I applaud any attempt to provide more ...

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Five languages, spoken and signed: at work on ‘The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues’

I have known performer/visual director Ramesh Meyyappan since 2004, when I saw his non-verbal physical theatre adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart at The SubStation in Singapore. Since then our paths have continually crossed – at DaDaFest in Liverpool in 2005 shortly after he relocated to the ...

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Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors: Selected Plays to be published in sync with the launch of Cosy

I’m delighted to make this pre-publication announcement: Oberon books will publish five of my plays and performance texts to coincide with the World premiere of Cosy at the Wales Millennium Centre in March 2016. The news is so fresh, we haven’t yet settled on the image for the cover. I’ve been ...

Kaite O’Reilly

Kaite O'Reilly is an award-winning playwright and a recipient of two Cultural Olympiad Commissions. She blogs about writing and the process of writing with a focus on four forthcoming productions, which revolve around disability issues.

Cosy, quirky, honest, daring… / 1 June 2015

How we live and how we die has never been more topical or relevant to our ageing society that likes to pretend we’re immortal and forever young. It’s universal, as well as our last taboo – a fascinating and compelling subject. This is why I’m delighted that I’ve been commissioned to ...