Philip Doherty

Artistic Director

Philip Doherty is a writer/ director from Cavan Town, living in Spiddal, County Galway. ‘Redemption of a Rogue’, his debut feature, recently won two awards at the Galway Film Fleadh 2020, winning Best Irish Film and Best Irish First Feature. Philip made his TV debut as writer/ director with the TV Arts Film ‘Samhlú’ starring Tommy Tiernan, which was broadcast on TG4 at the end of 2020. His comedy web-series ‘The Begrudgers’ won RTE Storyland in 2012. His other films are the shorts ‘The Diamond Boutique’, (winner of the Judge’s and Audience Awards at the Clones Film Festival), and ‘The Goatee Uprising’. Philip was selected to be a member of the inaugural BBC Dramaroom in 2016.

In theatre, Philip has written and directed over fifty plays. For for his company, The Gonzo Theatre, his plays include ‘Pilgrim’, ‘The Birthday Man’, and ‘The Circus of Perseverance’, which all premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival, as well as ‘Fleadh Town’, ‘The Devil’s Ceilí’ (with Kevin McGahern), and ‘Toraíoacht’ for Fíbín, directed by Mikel Murfi. He won the RTE PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award twice, in 2006 with ‘Mysterious Ways, (when he as the youngest ever winner), and in 2013 with ‘A Golden Triangle’, which was also won a Zebbie, a Writers Guild of Ireland Award. His play ‘The Experience Room’ won a Scripts Ireland Award in 2017. Philip was a co-founder/ creative director of Townhall Cavan Arts Space. He is currently artistic director of Fíbín in Galway, and recently premiered his new play ‘Fiach’, a drive-in theatre show in Connemara, which received critical acclaim and a sell-out run.