Playwright and writer for film and television

Sonya Kelly is an Irish writer for theatre and TV.

She is currently writing a drama series for BBC Scotland called Seeing Violet about the consequences of adoption.

Her debut solo play, The Wheelchair on My Face, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award Edinburgh Fringe 2012, and received a Critics’ Pick in the New York Times. 

Her second play, How To Keep An Alien, and won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe, 2014. It toured nationally and to the Brisbane Festival, Traverse in Edinburgh, Soho Theatre, The Irish Arts Center in New York, and the Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand. 

Sonya's play, Furniture, was developed and produced by Druid Theatre in 2018 for the Galway International Arts Festival and Irish national tour. In 2019 it won the Stewart Parker Trust Award an Irish Writers Guild award for Best New Theatre Script. 

She is currently working a new play with Druid and a number of TV projects with BBC Scotland, Wildfire Films, Green Pavilion and Treasure Entertainment.




Director Cathal Cleary
Druid Theatre
Rough Magic Theatre Company
The Wheelchair on My Face
Winner: Fringe First, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Producer Marketa Dowling
Director Gina Moxley
  • Theatrical memoir about Sonya's myopic childhood
    ABSOLUT Fringe
    How To Keep An Alien
    Best Production at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014
    Producer Rough Magic
    Director Gina Moxley
  • Justin Murphy
  • A funny and tender memoir about how Sonya secures an Irish visa for her Australian partner that won Best Production at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014.

    Playing at The Traverse Theatre during The Edinburgh Festival 2015.

    Project Arts Centre / Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh / Soho Theatre



    Drama set in Glasgow

    BBC Scotland