Deirdre is currently performing in the Importance of Being Honest by Billie Traynor, a Bewley’s Theatre production directed by Liam Halligan.
Deirdre began her career at The Gate Theatre, Dublin and most recently played Mrs Prynne in Hugh Leonard’s Da there.
2014 saw Deirdre in Sick with Crude Mechanics, The Bachelor of Kilkish with BottomDog and Deeds of Deceit and The Art of Wedlock with Speckintime.
Other theatre includes: Ride On, The Legend of Pat McNab, Belfry, Diary of a Town with Livin’ Dred Theatre Company. The Townlands of Brazil, Axis Ballymun and Teatr Polski, Wroclaw. Dancing at Lughnasa at The Library Theatre, Manchester. The Turn of the Screw and Hard Times, Storytellers Theatre Company. The Green Fool, Upstate. Romeo and Juliet for Second Age Theatre Company. Leaving and Winter Came Down, Quare Hawks Theatre Company. Happy Birthday Dear Alice, Red Kettle Theatre Company.
Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear at Belfast Opera House. The Rivals, Druid.
Television and Film work includes;Game of Thrones,4 for HBO/ Sky Wild (Oasis Films), The Food Guide to Love (FGTL Productions) , George Gently (BBC), Mrs Custer in BAFTA award winning Custer’s Last Stand-Up (series 1 & 2 BBC), Whistleblower (Fair Street TV Prod) The Clinic (Parallel Films) , Batchelors Walk, Finbars Class (RTE). Eamon (Zanita Films), Turning Green (Curbside/BBC/RTE), No Tears (Little Bird) and Last Mango in Dublin (Espresso).
Deirdres next film appearance will be in Sacrifice, Peter A. Dowlings’ new feature for Subotica.
Deirdre voiced all the females in the Vincent Browne radio show re-enactments of the Moriarty, Mahon/Flood, Barr, Morris, Ferns, Ryan & Murphy tribunals 1997-2009.
Deirdre has worked extensively in radio for RTE, BBC, ABC and with Garrison Keillor in Minnesota Public Radio.
See Deirdre in Game of Thrones HERE
Monday, 5th – Saturday, 10th October 2015 // 8.15pm
Loose End Studio
€16 & €12 concession.
From the moment I saw you I distrusted you’
In The Importance of Being Honest, Gwendolen and Cecily, Oscar Wilde’s most famous ladies, meet twenty years later and the barbs are still flying! 1913. High summer. An English country garden. Cecily Moncrieff is whiling her life away with rose-pruning and interpretative dance, when her eminently respectable sister-in-law, Gwendolen turns up on a surprise visit. Before long, these two old friends are battling it out, once more, over the tea and cake. This time it’s a struggle for whose is the right way of life, as the women face into a century of change and daunting new fashion trends. It’s a meeting of unexpected revelations with some great one-liners along the way!
A comedy of accusations, insults and worst of all, manners!
Stars Billie Traynor, Deirdre Monaghan and Karl O Neill
Written by Billie Traynor
Directed By Liam Halligan
Check out this glowing review from The Sunday Business Post for The Importance of Being Honest, starting Deirdre Monaghan. The show must end this Saturday 25th!
It’s often tempting to wonder what becomes of characters when a story, novel or play ends. In the Importance of Being Honest, Billie Traynor takes a bold imaginative leap, writing a future for the two female protagonists in Oscar Wilde’s most famous dramatic work.
The Importance of Being Earnest left Gwendolen and Cecily at the point of marriage. Traynor picks them up 20 years later, in 1913. Cecily, ensconced on her country estate, fills her days with interpretive dance, meditation and mantras: “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.”
When Gwendolen arrives unannounced from the city, the women take tea in the garden, engaging in a fraught and often very funny conversation that exposes their fundamental differences.
While Cecily embraces a somewhat rarefied version of modernity and wears informal, free-flowing clothes, Gwendolen believes in good corsetry and laments the trend of men appearing for dinner in “complete undress”, ie, without a bow tie.
Gwendolen (played by Billie Traynor) gets most of the best lines. Gloriously self-deluded and an outrageous snob, she has, as she realises to her horror, turned into her mother, the infamous, indomitable Lady Bracknell.
Traynor includes several references to the original play, and though full of wonderful Wildean aphorisms – “Marriage is a contract between a man and a woman in which neither has a right to happiness” – The Importance of Being Honest is a homage to, rather than an attempted emulation of Wilde.
Unlike her predecessor, Traynor is not determined to avoid an overtly serious message. Women’s suffrage is almost immediately a point of contention between Cecily and Gwendolen, who calls Emmeline Pankhurst a “Bolshevik she-devil”.
For the most part, the issues are character-driven and explored with an admirable lightness of touch. Traynor and Deirdre Monaghan (who plays Cecily) counterbalance each other brilliantly, their instinctive comic timing accentuating the wit of the script.
As they grapple with their own personal conflicts – imperfect marriages, advancing age, increasingly independent children – the women also explore their attitudes towards gender politics and, while it remains faithful to the period in which it is set, the play has plenty of contemporary relevance.
Deirdre Monaghan is currently appearing in “The Importance of Being Honest”- Billie Traynor’s irreverent “what if” play about two of Oscar Wilde’s most loved characters, Cecily and Gwendolyn.
Why not visit Bewleys Café Theatre in their temporary home on the top floor of the Powerscourt centre and check out this charming lunchtime fare, directed by Liam Halligan. Runs until July 25th.