Phillip McMahon

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Assistant: Ellie Byrne

Film, TV & Theatre

Phillip McMahon is playwright and director based in Dublin. 

His plays include Once Before I Go (Gate Theatre), The Rock (Abbey Theatre), Come On Home (Abbey Theatre), Town Is Dead (Abbey Theatre), Alice In Funderland (THISISPOPBABY/Abbey Theatre), Pineapple (Calipo), Elevator (THISISPOPBABY), Investment Potential (Abbey Theatre), All Over Town (THISISPOPBABY/Calipo) and Danny & Chantelle (still here) (THISISPOPBABY). 

Directing highlights include Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan (Project Arts Centre, National Theatre UK), Not A Funny Word by Tara Flynn (THISISPOPBABY), Insane Animals by Bourgeois & Maurice (HOME, Manchester) and Town Is Dead (Abbey Theatre). Phillip co-created and co-directed RIOT (THISISPOPBABY) - the international smash hit show (Winner Best Production Dublin Fringe Festival 2016). He has developed, directed and toured five smash hit shows with drag superstar Panti Bliss and THISISPOPBABY, and was co-writer and co-producer on Conor Horgan’s esteemed documentary about Panti, The Queen of Ireland

Phillip is co-founder and co-director of theatre production company THISISPOPBABY, wherein he was co-creator and co-curator of the THISISPOPBABY performance venue at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, Queer Notions cross arts festival, WERK Performance/Art/Club and Where We Live festival of performance and ideas. 

He was a former Writer In Association at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He is currently an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, and is a Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London.

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

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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ONCE BEFORE I GO

2021

Gate Theatre Dublin

WRITER
Dir. Selina Cartmell

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