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Kitty in the Lane
When Kitty’s boyfriend isn’t showing up to escort her out the lane to a local beauty pageant, we jump into her tragic, hilarious existence on a rural farm with her cantankerous father.

Kitty in the Lane tells the story of a twenty year old girl living in an isolated cottage in rural south west Ireland with her elderly father. In conjunction to caring for her father, Kitty is managing the family farm alone, due to her brothers recent death. The action takes place on the eve of a local beauty pageant with Kitty waiting for her boyfriend to escort her to this event, escaping domestic duties. As Kitty waits for his arrival we get a glimpse into her world, and her relationship with family, friends and community. The play is a dark drama, unlocking Kitty’s perspective of life as a young woman in a lonesome environment, but showered in comedy too through Kitty’s witty observations and anecdotes of her own reckless activity in the past.

Cast and Creative
Writer and Performer – Áine Ryan
Technical Design and Stage Management – Emily Matthews, Gemma Miller, David O’Sullivan
Music Arrangement – Cáit Ryan, Ella Stapleton , recording by Eoin Ryan
Media – Dominick Kosicki
Photography – Tomek Bogut and Jeremy Abrahams

‘An intense, poetic study of loneliness, cruelty and rural isolation, Kitty in the Lane is a mesmeric continuation of the Irish literary tradition…It is rare to find a writer and performer whose gifts work together with such wonderful intensity and imagination…anticipate something that will leave you haunted.’
★★★★★ (Broadway Baby)

‘An extraordinary accomplishment as both playwright and actress.’ ★★★★★ (Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm)

”Kitty in the Lane’ does some of the things Irish contemporary drama does best.’ (Edinburgh Guide)

‘Áine Ryan is a wondrous actor. A full-blooded, committed portrayal of a woman in lonely, mental decline. This is visceral monologue, in the hands of a superb performer. Highly recommended.’ (Fringe Review)

‘An Irish gem…Áine Ryan is a wonder to watch.’ (The Public Reviews)

‘Ryan writes beautifully.’ (The Stage)

‘Ryan’s writing has a lovely, authentic tone…the people she speaks of and the places they go to sparkle with life and truth.’ (The Scotsman)

‘An exceptionally promising first piece.’ (San Francisco Chronicle)


Irish Examiner: Áine Ryan is the girl who lives down the lane

Irish TV: Interview with Áine Ryan

ArenaRTÉ1: Interview on Kitty in the Lane

San Francisco Chronicle: Ryans one-woman show takes on the Irish Countryside

The Sunday Times: Rehearsals ? We don’t need to be in the same room, or country.

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Past Performances
The Source Arts Centre, Co.Tipperary, Jan 11, May 9 2014
Smock Alley, Dublin Collaborations Festival , Feb 27, 29, March 1 2014
Seán O’Casey Theatre, Dublin, Five Lamps Festival, April 1 2014
Spotlites, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, July 31 – August 25 2014
Friars’ Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, Jan 30 2015
Nenagh Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary, Jan 31 2015
The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, April 18 2015
Granary Theatre, Cork, April 21, 22, 23 2015
Little Duke Theatre, Drogheda (Drogheda Arts Festival) May 2 2015
Black Box Green Room, Belfast (Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival) May 4 2015
An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk May 9 2015
Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco (San Francisco International Arts Festival) May 21 – June 7 2015
Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford October 17, 18 2015
Commodore Barry Center, West Mt.Airy, Philadelphia, December 12 2015

Silver (formally Templemore)
Templemore is the second play by Áine Ryan. It was performed at The New Theatre, Dublin for Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, September 8-12 2015. Following feedback from the festival, the play was rewritten as a monologue and the name of the piece changed to Silver. Silver premiered at The Source Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary, October 2, 2015


Helmets is a short film written by Áine Ryan and filmed in Tipperary October 2015. It follows Maureen in the aftermath of a car accident which claims the life of her sister. Her friend Seán convinces Maureen to move to Dublin with him. However, the car journey there proves to be more difficult for them both than anticipated. It was partially funded by the generous support of Tipperary County Council.