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Patrons

The Waterside Theatre are very proud to list our patrons as:

Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness is an award-winning Irish playwright and poet. He first came to prominence with his play The Factory Girls, but established his reputation with his play about WW1, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, which he staged initially in Dublin's Abbey Theatre and then internationally. He has also written new versions of many classic dramas and adapted the literal translations of others.
Eva Birthistle

Eva Birthistle is best known for her role in Ae Fond Kiss. Eva trained at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She has won the London Film Critics Circle Best British Actress of the Year award for 2004, and has twice won the IFTA (Irish Film and Telvision Awards) Best Actor in a Leading Role (Film) award.
Brian Friel

Brian Friel is one of Ireland's most accomplished playwrights and authors. Friel's first major stage success, Philadelphia Here I Come, was the undisputed hit of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964.  Among Friel's many subsequent plays include The Love of Cass McGuire (1966), Lovers (1967) and Translations (1980).   In 1981, Translations, one of Friel's seminal works, was awarded the Ewart-Biggs Peace Prize. After co-founding Field Day, Friel continued his interest in the arts as a member of Aosdana, to which he was elected in 1982. Dancing at Lughnasa, probably his most successful play so far, received three Tony Awards in 1992, including Best Play.
Two of Friel's plays, Philadelphia, Here I Come and Dancing at Lughnasa have also been adapted into film.

 

Brian Friel

Claire Allan is the bestselling author of five novels, all published by Poolbeg Press.  her books, all set in and around Derry, deal with issues facing modern women and have been critically acclaimed.  When not writing novels Claire is a reporter and columnist with the Derry Journal.

   
   

 

Trisha Deery is an author/illustrator from Derry, and is the creator of the Miss Rosie Red books, the first of which was made into Ireland's first interactive childrens book app.  With a beautiful hand drawn charm her characters and stories hail from the City but hold an international appeal.