Donncha O’Dea trained at the Performing Arts School Galway, where he was awarded the Performing Arts Certificate of Excellence in 1999, and later continued his training at the Gaiety School of Acting.
Donncha will be next appearing as Gerry in Coast by Tracy Martin as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2016, and at Christmas he will star as Friar Tuck in the Gaiety Theatre’s pantomime Robin Hood.
Donncha is a founder member of Glass Doll Productions and credits include I Am My Own Wife (Actor), Inhabitance, BROADENING, Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children and Camera Shy (Producer).
Theatre credits include Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf (Gaiety Theatre), Eejit Of Love (Studio 42), Starchaser (Collapsing Horse), I, Keano (Olympia Theatre), Peter Pan (Gaiety Theatre), Cabaret (The MAC/Bruiser Theatre Company, Belfast), The Angel Of Woolwich (Collaborations 2014), Aladdin (University Concert Hall/Robert C Kelly), An Enemy Of The People (Gate Theatre), The Parting Glass-Staged Reading (Abhann Productions), Scylla & Chyrbdiss-Staged Reading (Rough Magic), Pocket Music 2011-2012 (Show In A Bag), Big Love and Julius Caesar (Abbey Theatre), Silver Stars (Broken Talkers), Boy With A Suitcase (Barnstorm), Serious Money (Rough Magic/AIB SEEDS), Durang Durang 2011-2012 (Brazen Tales), The Muse Unbidden (Collaborations 2012) Redline Deadline, Spartacus and War of theRoses: Back in Black (Whiplash), Twelfth Night (Fast and Loose), 7 Jewish Children (Pheonix Park Productions), Bent (Struts&Frets), Grimm Tales (Samuel Beckett), The Taming of The Shrew and Twelfth Night (Public Shakespeare), Rudolph, Cinderella and A Christmas Carol (Talisman) Pocket Music won the Bewley’s Café Theatre “Little Gem” Award at the ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 Awards.
Film & TV Credits include HOLD (24 Hour Film Race), RESET (Morb Films), Afternoon Tea In Dubrovnik (Morb Films), The Beo Show (RTE), The Food Guide To Love (Parallel Films), Ray (HooHox/Garbo Films), Meet The Orchestra (RTE), Hubble (RTE), Hope (Curazon Lost), Everybody Hates Mondays (BIFE).
Choreography credits include Assassins (Rough Magic/SEEDS), Ray (HooHox/Garbo Films), Richard III and Twelfth Night (Fast and Loose), After Midnight Before Dawn (Silent Blade), Serious Money (Rough Magic/AIB SEEDS), Grimm Tales (Samuel Beckett), Mein Camp and Oz A Fairytale Plot (Dopplegang). Donncha has also choreographed for Irish Hair Federation 2006 and for Alternative Miss Ireland.
Design credits include Fishes (David Fennelly), Animus (Denis Clohessy), FUSED (Dan Bergin), BROADENING (Glass Doll Productions), Roger Gregg’s Faustus (Crazy Dog Audio Theatre), After Midnight Before Dawn (Silent Blade), Redline Deadline, Danse Macabre, Spartacus and War of the Roses: Back in Black (Whiplash) and Moraima: The Silk Labyrinth (Reddress).
Donncha had his directorial debut in 2008 when he directed Moraima: The Silk Labyrinth for Reddress Theatre Company.
For a sample of some of Donnchas Voice Over work see below
Commercial Voice Reel
Narration Voice Reel
Animation Voice Reel
Peter Pan – Gaiety Theatre, Christmas 2014/2015
“This ragtag group [of pirates] is led by Smee (the superlative Donncha O’Dea)” Sara Keating, The Irish Times, 2014
Pocket Music – Donncha O’Dea & Camille Ross, September 2011
“Donncha O’Dea [is], as ever, the consummate performer and hams up [his] performance sufficiently so that Vivienne becomes a caricature of the stereotypical “Act-or” in our eyes.” Lauren O’Toole, entertainment.ie
“A tirade of one liners delivered with the sort of timing that comes natural to Donncha O’Dea had many in the room gasping with laughter” Dave Donohue, Arthub.ie
I Am My Own Wife – Glass Doll Productions, January 2011
“Committing 44 characters and 46 pages of script to memory, Donncha O’Dea (as Charlotte) makes the switch from part to part both smoothly and shrewdly, never letting the transitions pull focus from the story.” Caomhan Keane, Irish Theatre Magazine
“O’Dea displays great dexterity throughout the two acts flitting seamlessly back and forth through the myriad of characters. [His] performance was flawless, his stamina remarkable. There’s always the fear with a two act, one man show that you’ll tire of that one man – with O’Dea, Charlotte, Doug and his multitudinous other personas this is never the case” Lauren O’Toole, entertainment.ie
Durang Durang – Brazen Tales, June 2011
“Every member here was playing to win, in particular Donncha O’Dea who oscillated between comedian and straight man with admirable ease” Louise Finn, The Evening Herald
“O’Dea threw [himself] into [his] respective roles in a way that made them undistinguishable from each other while also carrying hints of the real life characters you just know Durang based them on, pulling a solid show up to being a side splitting one” Caomhan Keane
Boy With A Suitcase – Barnstorm, March 2009
“Donncha O’Dea, in one of his impressive multiple roles” Sylvia Thompson, The Irish Times
BENT – Struts&frets, August 2008
“It is Donncha O’Dea who gives the stand-out performance of the evening, with the profound emotional weight of his understated performance embodied physically too.” Sara Keating, The Irish Times
Donncha O’Dea will be returning to The Gaiety Panto for the second year running for their production of Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf. Donncha will be playing the role of Mama Bear in the show directed by Daryn Crosbie. The show will run throughout December and January.
UK Dwellers, keep your eyes peeled for our very own Donncha O’Dea in this new Spar UK TV Commercial! Watch it here!
Congratulations to Donncha O’Dea who has been cast as ‘Ma’ in Eejit Of Love at Greenside @ Nicholson as part of Edinburgh Fringe, from 7th-29th August. For more information check out the website here