John Doran

“Doran is an actor of wit, versatility and precision”– Irish Times

“Doran is dazzling to watch” – Irish Times

John is a Dublin/Kilkenny based actor with a BA in Drama & Performance (DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama).

Previous/Ongoing Work includes: Me Michael (Abbey Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (The Gate Theatre), It Folds (Abbey Theatre Peacock Stage),  Care (Willfredd Theatre, National Tour), Harbour (Willfredd Theatre, R&D Phase), The Aeneid, Human Child (Collapsing Horse), Sea Brothers (O’Reilly Theatre, R&D Phase), Snow Queen (Smock Alley), The Hellfire Squad (Devious Theatre, Project Arts centre), Romeo & Juliet (Cork Opera House), The Centre of the Universe (Fishamble, ITI, Tiger Dublin Fringe, Show in a Bag), Fishes (Bewleys Theatre), War of Attrition (Devious Theatre, Project Arts Centre), The Last Post (Just the Lads Theatre Company), Text Messages(Project Arts Centre), Die Fledermaus (Aoife Spillane-Hinks).

Previous commercial work for UTV, Vodafone & Meteor.

Feature Irish Times article on Doran: Here

Twitter handle: @dohnjoran

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John Doran cast in Romeo and Juliet at The Gate Theatre


John will be appearing in Romeo and Juliet at the Gate Theatre from Thursday the 26th of March

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John Doran in The Last Post by Just The Lads


Following on from sell out runs in Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, Just The Lads returns to The Mart in Rathmines with their debut production, The Last Post. John Doran joins the cast in this “gentle paean to the postal service, which mingles performance, documentary material and art installation” (The Irish Times)
Runs 20th-29th November, with no shows on Sunday or Monday.
For tickets and more information see here


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Fiona McGeown

‘Between Trees and Water by Painted Bird Production’ 

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Using documentary material, witness statements, court depositions and newspaper articles relating to the case of Bridie Kirk, who died in Cork City in 1939 as a result of an illegal abortion, this play is about trying to find a way to tell a story that for 75 years has gone untold.

The project is the result of an ambitious collaboration between a cast of five performers, composer Tom Lane, designer Deirdre Dwyer, dramaturg Thomas Conway and director Fiona McGeown.
The show will run in offsite locations in both Cork, as part of the Everyman autumn season:

and in Dublin as part of the 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe:

(Sept 9th – 14th @7:30pm, South Studios)


Danny Kehoe

 ‘Rhubarb Crumble’ by Ghost Train Willy

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‘There’s a fine line between failure and misery. Often, there’s no line at all. Just ask this second-rate children’s theatre company, whose members all fantasise about the lives they could have led had they not been held back by each other. Uncensored and irreverent – with a sprinkling of show-stopping tunes – these failed entertainers are brought to life just as they are gifted one last, desperate shot at success. This show is for fans of punchline-heavy comedy at breakneck speed, and anyone who has never followed their dream and wants to feel good about it.’

Bewleys Café Theatre

September 15th – 20th @8:30pm

€14  €12 con/ €11 preview

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John Doran

‘the centre of the universe’ (Show in a bag)



Hi, it’s your best friend John and I’d like you to join a cult. What’s this? Join a cult? The things with crazy people in them? What’s the cult? Who’s the leader? What do they believe? Am I not supposed to stay away from cults in general? I’m really not sure about this. Short answer, yes. They’re awful things. Demanding, isolating, costly and generally kind of dumb. Accept this one. This is a good cult. A cult you want to be in. Let me show you why.

Bewleys Café Theatre €13 / €10

September 9th, 11th & 17th @1pm

September 12th, 19th & 20th @6:15pm

September 14th @ 8:30pm

John is also directing/co-writing “Same Flood”



The doomsday prophecies were right. Good thing Noah had stocked up on tinned goods. The wrong man to survive the apocalypse is the only man left in Ireland. Watch him stagger and fumble through a global catastrophe, while attempting to deal with conspiracy and paranoia at a personal level. As he struggles with his own isolation, delusion and neurosis he attempts to define the great pandemic surrounding him and any other phenomenon’s that he happens to think of. With no one left to help him, what chance does he have?

★★★★ — Irish Theatre Magazine

 Smock Alley Theatre – Boys School

€14  €12 con/ €11 preview

September 6th @7pm & 7th – 12th @ 9:15pm


Anna Sheils McNamee

“A carved Soul” No Strings Attached – Directed by Anna Sheils McNamee



Ollie is a wooden puppet. But forget everything you know about puppets. Ollie is old. Ollie is tired. Ollie is grumpy. Ollie is irritable. Ollie is frustrated. Ollie does not give a shit. This is a story about stories that takes place in the void between memory and reality. This is puppetry like you have never seen it before. Ollie is brought to life by third generation puppeteer, Jason Lambert and movement specialist, Claire Walsh. The pair’s collaboration was forged in the Lambert Puppet Theatre and is taking shape for the first time at Tiger Dublin Fringe.

Smock Alley Theatre – Boys School

€14 €12 con/ €11 preview
September 13th @7pm & 14th – 17th @ 9:15pm



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