Phillip McMahon

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Annie Shipton

Film, TV & Theatre

Philip McMahon is a playwright and theatre director based in Dublin. His most recent play COME ON HOME, directed by Olivier Award Winner Rachel O'Riordan, played a sold out season at the Abbey Theatre Dublin in 2018. The Times (UK) said: "McMahon's dark-humoured, powerful play says more about Ireland than reams of opinion columns." COME ON HOME was nominated for Best New Play for the 2019 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Phillip's play, TOWN IS DEAD, also for the Abbey Theatre, was nominated for five Irish Theatre Awards in 2017. Over ten years, he has produced a number of plays, performances, a book and a film with drag superstar and activist Panti Bliss. Phillip was director, deviser and dramaturg on Panti's live shows IN THESE SHOES?, ALL DOLLED UP, A WOMAN IN PROGRESS, ROOTING FOR AUSTRALIA and HIGH HEELS IN LOW PLACES. Phillip is one half of pop culture outfit and theatre renegades THISISPOPBABY, based in Dublin. 

Phillip is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. 

In Development

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DIVINE

2021

Sister Pictures

Original comedy drama

WE SHOULD BE DANCING

2021

Sister Pictures

Original Comedy Drama

UNTITLED

2021

Gate Theatre Dublin

New Play

UNTITLED

2021

Abbey Theatre Dublin

New Play

ALICE IN FUNDERLAND

2021

Treasure/THISISPOPBABY

Feature adaptation of McMahon's 2012 play

Documentaries

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THE QUEEN OF IRELAND

2015

Blinder Films/IFB/Universal Pictures

Co-writer and co-producer. Documentary about the life of Irish drag queen Panti Bliss

Theatre

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INSANE ANIMALS

2020

HOME Manchester

DIRECTOR. A new musical written by Bourgeois & Maurice

THE ROCK

2020

Abbey Theatre

WRITER. As part of the Abbey's Dear Ireland season.

2018

Abbey Theatre

WRITER. Nominated for Best New Play for the 2019 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.

NOT A FUNNY WORLD

2018

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. Written by Tara Flynn

MONEY

2018

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. Written by Peter Daly

HIGH HEELS IN LOW PLACES

2014 - 2018

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. International touring show written by Panti Bliss

RIOT

2016

THISISPOPBABY

CO-DIRECTOR. RIOT premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016. RIOT is a new form of variety show that encompasses music, comedy, drag and circus arts

TOWN IS DEAD

2016

Abbey Theatre

WRITER & DIRECTOR. A play within music. The performance received 5 nominations at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards including Best New Play

DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL

2014

Project Arts Centre

DIRECTOR. Written by Emmet Kirwan

2012

THISISPOPBABY

WRITER. A new musical. Nominated for Best Production at the 2012 Irish Theatre Awards. Book & Lyrics by Phillip McMahon, Composed by Raymond Scannell.

ELEVATOR

2012

THISISPOPBABY

WRITER. A play with songs. Script and Lyrics. Composed by Alma Kelliher.

PINEAPPLE

2011

Calipo Theatre Company

WRITER

RUBBERBANDITS

2011

ELECTRIC PICNIC MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

DIRECTOR. Large scale arena staged concert show.

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL WANKING

2010

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. Written by Neil Watkins

A WOMAN IN PROGRESS

2009

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. Written by Panti Bliss

ALL OVER TOWN

2009

THISISPOPBABY / Calipo Theatre Company

WRITER.

ALL DOLLED UP

2008

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. Written by Panti Bliss

INVESTMENT POTENTIAL

2008

THISISPOPBABY

WRITER.

IN THESE SHOES?

2007

THISISPOPBABY

DIRECTOR. Written by Panti Bliss

DANNY & CHANTELLE (still here)

2006

THISISPOPBABY

WRITER. Winner of Spirit of Dublin Fringe Award