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Karen's Theatre News!

Karen's new play Warrior a huge hit at Dublin Theatre festival.

"Karen Egan...National Treasure"

Irish Times

The world premiere of 'Warrior' by Karen Egan took place at Smock Alley Theatre, October 2-7, as part of the 2023 Dublin Theatre Festival

Everyone knows somebody who has suffered from cancer. Egan’s own journey has inspired her to explore the vulnerability, chaos and humour of that experience.

In Warrior, anti-heroine Katherine Kirk shows the many sides to her troubled mind as she time- travels through treatment, while also exploring her relationship with her brother Barry. This is a universal story of how we derive strength by turning adversity into opportunity.

It’s also a universal story about Kimmage.

Warrior fuses original live music, comedy and drama in an entertaining and provocative way, presenting the idea of patient as both warrior and prey. In her parallel universe, Katherine explores the light and dark sides of what cancer can do to a family, and celebrates the warrior within us all.

To watch a teaser trailer of Warrior click here


This development project has been generously supported by funding from the Irish Arts Council.

Karen's Movie News!

Karen appeared on Irish cinema screens in the new Irish movie The Bright Side, in which she plays a major role. Directed by Ruth Meehan and based on the memoir by former Nuala, Anne Gildea, The Bright Side follows the fortunes of a stand-up comedian who gets breast cancer.

"It was a huge privilege to be involved in such an important film," says Karen. "I'm very excited by the project.

The Bright Side won the Audience Award when it premiered online in November, 2020, as part of the Cork Film Festival. 

It also won the Jury Prize 'Honorable Mention' at the Sonoma Festival, California, March 2021.

The Bright Side enjoyed a cinema release nationwide from August 20th, 2021.

Karen's Writing News!

In 2019, Karen was commissioned by Finland's national broadcaster, YLE, to write a ten-part radio comedy series, The Choir. Broadcast in spring 2020, this faux documentary follows nine hilarious characters as they fight for the survival of their beloved choir.

This follows Karen's success in Finland with her radio play, Stuck (2017).

"Writing The Choir has been the opportunity of a lifetime," says Karen. "I'm having such fun with the characters, and rising to the challenge of a ten-parter."

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