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Ailis Ni Riain

Agent: Casarotto Ramsay
Todmorden, United Kingdom


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Although her formal artistic training has been in classical music as a composer and
pianist, Ailís has been writing texts for performance since 2003. Her debut play Tilt
(also known as Beaten) toured in the UK and Ireland in 2007 to strong national
reviews. In 2008 Tilt was produced by the Granary Theatre in Cork directed by
Tony McLeane-Fay and in 2009 was translated into Swedish and ran for 5 weeks at
Gothenberg’s Staadtheater. In 2009 Tilt was in repertory at Berlin’s Deutsche
In 2010 she was awarded a mentorship with Nina Steiger, Soho Theatre, London
and in 2012 she won the Tom Erhardt Peggy Ramsay Award. Treasured premiered
in Liverpool in 2012 followed by Desolate Heaven at London’s Theatre503 in 2013
directed by Paul Robinson and Ireland’s Corcadorca presented The Tallest Man in
the World at Cork Midsummer Festival 2013. TILT is published by Nick Hern
books. Desolate Heaven is published by Methuen Drama. Ailís is represented by
Casarotto Ramsay, London

“The writing is fresh and true, and it nibbles and gnaws at the heart.” – The

“…a psychologically intriguing play…” The Irish Examiner 4*

“A significant talent” – The Irish Times

“Is an intriguing mix of fantasy and reality & performances that shine” – The

“A perfectly-pitched piece of theatre.” – The Scotsman

“Desolate Heaven is bold theatre” – The Huffington Post

Ailís is represented by Casarotto Ramsay, London

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Desolate Heaven
  • TILT