writer // director // performer
writer//director//performer who loves playing with the balance of comedy and drama. Kelly recently shadow directed Lenny Abrahamson on Sally Rooney's NORMAL PEOPLE for the BBC.
Kelly co wrote(with Camille Lucy Ross) and directed the play BIG BOBBY. LITTLE BOBBY which was nominated for four Dublin Fringe awards and won the prestigious First Fortnight Award. She co-wrote(with Luke Benson and Kevin Handy) and starred in the online comedy series LONG DARK TWENTIES which received so much support after Season One, that they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign raising over 8K for Season Two.
Kelly also produces, directs and performs in live comedy improv shows. She just finished performing a sold out run of improvised history show HISTIONIX in Smock Alley Theatre. In 2019 she co-directed (with Dave Coffey) FUR CITY with production support from KITE ENTERTAINMENT , "An Improvised Soap Opera With Puppets" which has played to packed houses at Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Smock Alley Black Box and The Puppet Festival. In 2017, she directed AS THE HEART SPEEDS ALONG, an improvised Commedia Dell'Arte show as part of Scene + Heard theatre festival.
Kelly is Founder//Artistic Director of Ireland’s first Comedy Improv School STOKE. This school has been a hotbed of creative comedy talent in Ireland.
She has an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Director // Co-writer
Winner of First Fortnight, Dublin Fringe Fest 2015
A twisted tender comedy; a one woman tour-de-force about keeping your demons sweet.
Bobby has always shared a bed with her overbearing Mother and when it all gets too much she finally moves out. As she tries to escape the chaos Bobby starts hearing the voice of Little Bobby; who fills her head with self loathing, filthy urges and occasionally a push in the right direction. Life starts to look a little less bleak when she meets strapping Bernard but can she break away from her mother’s shackles, not to mention her own and make something of this awkward romance?
Co-Creator // Lead
If you liked Sharon Horgan's Catastrophe,
you'll love 'Long Dark Twenties'
Rebecca Keane, The Irish Post
Long Dark Twenties is Ireland’s funniest, most ambitious comedy web series to date!
With over 100k fb views for Season One, and with a successful Kickstarter campaign behind it, the show is back with a bigger, bolder Season Two!
When life is a disaster, their one lifeline is their friendship. So what happens when that lifeline springs a leak?
Improvised History... Sort of.
Histrionix is a show designed to tell you a story from history while totally confusing you as to what actually happened.
It’s a mixture of comedy improvisation and historical lecture.
It has had two sold out runs in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre.
TINY is a long form improv group. We perform a narrative style called the Flash Fiction. Embodying the idea of a lightning flash momentarily illuminating a world. Exposing the audience to a short story, bright and vibrantly visible but then, just as quickly, it disappears, snatched from our view. Obscured by the night, never seen again.
Co-Director // Performer
Fur City is an improvised soap opera... with puppets! Completely made up on the spot based on suggestions from the audience, this hilarious soap parody features some of Ireland's most talented comedy performers and improvisers, and a cast of puppet pals.
As The Heart
Feeling powerless? Weary? Exhausted by the burden of existential pain? Of course you are.
Using percussive, high-octane form of commedia-style improvisation, these characters take emotion and storytelling to the extreme. They are here to indulge in all those full-on feelings you’ve been trying so hard to keep a lid on. Expect to laugh and cry.