Creative team

A great theatre play isn’t only composed by a great cast. A great play needs a great creative team behind as well. That is the case of Our Tethered Kin. These are the people working on the shadow. 

Ronan Fitzgibbon – Writer

Ronan is a stage designer and writer, based in Waterford. Ronan originally trained as a sculptor before moving in to set design. He founded BrokenCrow Theatre Company in 2011. His second play, Mantle was the company’s first full production and sold out its April 2012 run in the Granary Theatre. His third and fourth scripts, Enter Juliet and Prospect House were performed in the Everyman and Theatre Development Centre respectively in 2014. His first script, Madame Chavelle was produced by Theatre Makers in 2010.

Gavin McEntee – Director

Gavin McEntee is a director , writer, performer,  production manager and a graduate of Drama and Theatre studies at UCC. He also trained in Physical theatre and Circus Circomedia in Bristol. He is Co-artistic Director and founding member of Conflicted Theatre and has been a member of BrokenCrow Theatre Company since 2013. 

Gavin has directed a number of BrokenCrow productions, including Enter Juliet, by Ronan Fitzgibbon for the Everyman Theatre Cork in 2014 and Hang Up by Adam Wyeth in 2013.  He was a major artist on Enter Juliet and OTK too. 

His directing credits for Conflicted Theatre include Come dine with Charles Mee, for Cork Midsummer Festival 2015, The Scarlet Letter for Cork Midsummer Festival 2013 and 18-35. He also directed Conflicted’s Neon Westernwork-in-progress at Cork’s  Midsummer Festival.

Evan Lordan – Director

Evan is a Director, Theatre Maker and Co-Artistic Director of Conflicted Theatre Company. Having graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a Masters in Directing he has toured Ireland, the US, Asia & to the West End with productions produced by The Abbey and Bristol Old Vic Theatre. His most recent two shows with Conflicted Theatre – ‘FIJI’ and ‘We Were Having a Perfectly Nice Time’ – have been nominated for five Off West End Awards. Evan has also directed and provided mentoring for Bristol School of Acting and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Charles Sandford – Movement director

Charles is a Liverpool based Theatre Maker, Movement Director & Actor. He originally trained as a Visual Artist at Kingston University and exhibited as an artist across the UK before he undertook his Masters in Acting at RADA’s MA Theatre Lab. 

Since graduating in 2015, Charles has worked prolifically within the UK’s devised theatre scene. He joined Animikii Theatre in 2016 to create ‘ORIGINS’ which won Pick of the Fringe by Voice Magazine and has now premiered ‘THE KASPAR HAUSER EXPERIMENT’ in 2022. He created two plays with Theatre RE Company; ‘‘BLUEBELLE’ & ‘BIRTH’ which won Best Theatre by Theatre Weekly at Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Other companies include Tmesis Theatre, Eden’s Cave, Mechanimal, Volya Theatre and now BrokenCrow. 

On screen, Charles appears in ‘The Stuarts: A Bloody Reign’ by 3D Productions, ‘THE DAY YOU LONG FOR’ a short film by Benoit Ganesan that Charles won Best Actor at Festigious Festival L.A.  ‘STRONGER THAN DEATH’ by Clive Robert Watson, ‘TERROR’ by Giles Buchanan and ‘FORESTS’ by Eden’s Cave Company. Charles also facilitates & teaches acting and physical performance and is represented by Carey Dodd’s Associates. 

SJ Sheils – Lighting designer

SJ began designing lighting in Dublin Youth Theatre. She holds a M.Sc in Interactive Digital Media and a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She was a participant in the Rough Magic Seeds3 programme 2006 – 2008.  From 2010 – 2017, she was co-artistic director of WillFredd Theatre. 

Recent lighting designs include: Polar Bear and Penguin (Paul Curley, Draíocht), The Cold Sings (Junk Ensemble), No Magic Pill (Christian O’Reilly), Opening Night (Jane Deasy),Hive City Legacy Dublin (Hot Brown Honey), The Tempest (Rough Magic, Kilkenny Arts Festival), The Tin Soldier (Theatre Lovett, Gate Theatre, Galway Arts Festival), Party Scene, SHIT (This Is Pop Baby), Humans; A Robot Musical (Graffiti Theatre), A Call to You (Catherine Young Dance), Luck Just Kissed You Hello (Abbey Theatre), This Shit Happens All The Time (Lyric Theatre), NASC (Aisling Ní Cheallaigh)

Deirdre Dwyer – Costume designer

Deirdre designs sets and costumes for theatre, opera, dance and film and also writes and directs theatre. 

She is one of the six members of BrokenCrow for whom she has designed six productions, created two shows, three audio dramas and will be directing Gavin McEntee’s play The Settling for the company in June as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. 

Her training includes a BA (English and Drama & Theatre Studies) from UCC, an MA (Theatre Design) Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and participating as apprentice Designer with Rough Magic SEEDS3. 

She was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre award in 2022 for her costume design of Junk Ensembles The Veiled Ones and has been Theatre Artist in residence in Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford, 2020-2022 and at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 2017 – 2020. She teaches design, and related theories, to students in UCC and has been guest lecture at MIC, Limerick, IADT and SETU and is a founder member of the Irish Society of Stage and Screen Designers (ISSSD) and Chair of their PQ2023 Subcommittee.

She will direct Amongst Men, a new play by Eoghan Rua Finn for FourRivers Theatre Company in Wexford this April and co-direct an outdoor promenade production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in September for Shakespeare Squared, Waterford. 

Previous work includes set and costume designs for the Everyman, Rough Magic, Graffiti, Tinderbox, RSC Glasgow, Dublin Youth Theatre, Ulysses Opera Theatre, Linbury Studio LAMDA, Cork Opera House, Spraoi and Waterford Youth Arts.

Emily Donoghue – Composer

Emily Donoghue is a  composer, musician, and theatre performer from Galway. 

Gigging nationally and abroad from the age of 12, Donoghue currently splits her time working as a touring session musician with various bands (TOUCAN, Billow Wood, Paddy Dennehy), along with composition and performance in the theatre world (Decadent, Graffiti, GYT, ALSA).

Fiona Sheil – Sound designer

Fiona is a Sound Designer & Composer working in theatre & film.

Collaborations with Catherine Young Dance include State of exception, Ultima Thule, & Floating on a Dead sea.

For the Abbey theatre –Luck Just Kissed you hello– by Amy Conroy, Directed by Wayne Jordan- The Abbey Theatre/peacock -2022.  And 

Bloody Sunday, Scenes from the Saville enquiry- 2022.

For ALSA productions- at the moment everything is missing.

For Rough Magic-All the angels– Directed by Lynne Parker.  GLUE by Robbie O’Connor, Directed By Ronan Phelan, Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. 

WHALE by John McCarthy- Cork Opera House/Cork Midsummer Festival 2022. 

ANIMALS By Louise White- Dublin Theatre Festival 2022.

Sound design for Aideen Barry- As part of her exhibition By Slight Ligaments-Limerick city Gallery 2022.

She was chosen for The Centre Stage project 2020/21, run by Theatre Forum, with La Escuela Pública de Formación Cultural (Spain), & Kultur i Väst (Sweden). 

She holds a Masters in Experimental Sound from UCC.

Fiona was nominated for The Hearsay audio prize  in 2021.

Aoife Byrne- Stage manager

Aoife is a stage manager from Cork. She has a degree in Theatre and Drama from MTU and a Professional Diploma in Event Management from UCD.

She was assistant stage manager for Tin Soldier (Produced by Theatre Lovett, Gate Theatre June 2022) Bang (Smock Alley, October 2021) How It Is (produced by Gare St Lazare, Everyman Theatre, September 2021) To The Lighthouse (produced by Hatch Theatre, Everyman Theatre, April 2021) . She was touring stage manager for Cyclone Rep in 2019 and 2022. She stage managed Iphigenia in Splott (produced by Conflicted Theatre, 2019), Primal (directed by Shaun O Connor and Eadaoin O Donoghue, 2019).   

Aoife co-founded A.Tack Theatre and produced Herstory (Cork Arts Theatre, 2019),) Jaqueline (Galway Theatre Festival, 2018), Locked Within (Triskel, 2017).

Sadhbh Barrett – Producer

Sadhbh is a free-lance producer, stage manager and actor from Kerry, based in Cork. She holds an MA in Arts Management and Creative Producing (UCC) and a BA in Theatre and Drama Studies from MTU Cork School of Music. She has also completed the Smock Alley Creative Producers GENERATOR training programme 2016/2017.

Sadhbh is co-artistic director of ALSA Productions. ALSA Productions were artists in residence in CIT Cork School of Music (2017-2019) and Artists in Residence in Corcadorca’s Theatre Development Centre (2018 – 2020). With ALSA Productions, Sadhbh has produced At The Moment Everything Is Missing (2022), Tall Tail at Cork Midsummer Festival 2019 and Graffiti Theatre and the Everyman Cork 2019 and a work-in-progress of Swim/Stroke at Clonmel Junction Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival. As a freelance producer she has produced Blackwater Babble for BrokenCrow (Cork Midsummer 2018) and A Safe Passage by Irene Kelleher (Cork Midsummer 2022).

In 2021, Sadhbh joined Once Off Productions as an Associate Producer. With Once Off she has produced Peter Power’s The City Is Never Finished, The Shed by Sinéad Cormack and an Irish and North American tour of Manchán Magan’s Arán & Im which toured to 16 cities across 12 states and 2 provinces.