Fiona McGeown

Fiona is originally from Armagh and now lives between Cork and Dublin. She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, L’Ecole de Mime Corporeal Dramatique, London and with Anne Bogart’s SITI company, New York. Fiona has worked extensively with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company for over 18 years and started her own company Painted Bird Productions in 2014

Previous/Ongoing work includes Death of A Naturalist, (Painted Bird) staged readings at Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Derry,  Freaks, Degenerates and ‘Unsexed Females’ (Painted Bird) at SHOW festival in TDC Cork,  The Cat and The Moon and The Only Jealousy of Emer (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) Shelter (Painted Bird), At The Hawks Well (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Love Girl Love (Quarter Block Party), Playboy of the Western World (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Between Trees and Water (Painted Bird), Losha (Monkeyshine), A Murder of Crows (Barnstorm), The Bear (Painted Bird), Rhinoceros (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At Swim Two Birds (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company),  The Third Policeman (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Abbey Theatre/Blue Raincoat Peacock partners)

Fiona was awarded the Fishamble Best New Writing Award for Between Trees and Water at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Co written with Thomas Conway, the play was first produced offsite as part of the Everyman Theatre programme, followed by a run at Dublin Fringe 2014.

Fiona will appear in Neil O’Driscoll’s new feature Waking the Witch due for release in Autumn 2016

 

Reviews

Playboy of the Western World

“Stellar performances by much of the cast including Fiona McGeown (Widow Quin), who was impossible to take your eyes off whenever she was onstage” – Martha Kearns – Sunday Business Post

“The shrewd Widow Quin played by the subtly superb Fiona McGeown” – Chris McCormack – Musings in intermissions

“Them that kills their fathers is a vain lot surely,” says Fiona McGeown’s sly Widow Quinn, inheriting the line and pricking his (Christy Mahon’s) bubble. That makes for a sleek and clarifying approach” – Peter Crawley – The Irish Times

 

At Swim Two Birds

“As the play begins, the narrator summons his characters to the stage – with the roles shared out between Carty, Hughes, McCauley, and McGeown. These characters burst clumsily through the curtains, stumbling to the front of the stage in ill-fitting costumes, delivering their lines in accents that veer from the shaky to the overconfident. It’s as if an under-prepared (and largely untalented) troupe of actors has suddenly found itself in the mortifying predicament of being confronted unexpectedly with an audience. And the results are extraordinarily funny” – Patrick Lonergan – Irish Theatre Magazine

 

Alice in Wonderland

 “McGeown’s Alice is an imperious little madam, resisting the conundrums of the Looking Glass creatures; under Niall Henry’s direction, she nicely registers the fear of not being real” – Mic Moroney – The Guardian

Rhinoceros

‘Outstanding example of absurdity theatre… excellent performances’ – The Irish Times

 

Losha

‘This particular moment, shared in the quiet and the shadowy light of the Solstice Arts Centre stage, was up there with the most precious of them all.’ – Shane Breslin

 

Translations

‘Fiona is an actor with magnetism, stillness, physical assurance, vocal clarity, intelligence and absolute conviction. With her in this material you cannot tell the ‘dancer from the dance’ and that is probably the highest compliment you can pay any actor’ – Plays and Controversies, Abbey Theatre Diaries

 

 Between Trees and Water

“a hidden gem of this festival” – The Public Reviews

“beautifully choreographed… stunning production” – The Irish Times

 

 

 

Latest News

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Fiona McGeown in ‘Losha’

8/07/16

‘Fiona McGeown is playing to sell out houses in ‘Losha’ at On The Edge festival in Birmingham this week. Monkeyshine’s beautiful one woman show has two more performances at the world theatre festival fro young audiences http://www.ontheedge2016.com/whats-on/

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Irish Times Theatre Award Nominations!

16/01/16

Irish Times Theatre Awards Nominations!

Blue Raincoat Theatre Company has been nominated for a Judges Special Award for its imaginative restoration of the theatre of WB Yeats as part of its A Country Under Wave programme. Starring our very own Fiona McGeown, Nichola MacEvilly and John Carty.  Best of luck guys!
ANU show Pals: the Irish at Gallipoli, which starred Shane Whisker is also up for Best production and Best Lighting Design!
Wishing the best of luck to all the nominees, from all at Frontline Actors

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Fiona McGeown in Blue Raincoat’s Playboy of the Western World

23/10/15

Fiona McGeown is starring as the Widow Quin in Blue Raincoat Theatre Companies national tour of Playboy of the Western World and has got some fantastic reviews for her performance.
The last few dates are this Saturday in Roscommon Arts Centre http://roscommonartscentre.ie and Galways Town Hall Theatre from October 29th to 31st http://tht.ie/2252/The-Playboy-Of-The-Western-World...
                                                  

REVIEWS

Playboy of the Western World

**** “A fascinating Production” Peter Crawley – The Irish Times

“Stellar performances by much of the cast including Fiona McGeown, who was impossible to take your eyes off whenever she was onstage”  Martha Kearns – Sunday Business Post

“The shrewd Widow Quin played by the subtly superb Fiona McGeown” Chris McCormack – Musings in intermissions

“it is Fiona McGeown who steals the show with a staggering performance as Widow Quin” – Motley Magazine

 

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