Playwright and Writer for Film & Television

Emmet Kirwan is an award winning actor, playwright and poet from Tallaght in Dublin. He studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre Trinity College Dublin. As a writer Emmet's play ‘Dublin Oldschool’ won the Stewart Parker Major trust award, it has played seven sell out runs in Project Arts Centre Dublin, toured internationally including a sell out run in The National Theatre in London's West End and Emmet also wrote the four poetry sections of This is Pop Baby’s RIOT, which has played Vicar Street in Dublin and toured internationally to The Sydney theatre festival and Skirball New York. 

His poem ‘Heartbreak’ is taken from this show and was adapted in to a short film that been viewed over 2 million times on Facebook and Youtube combined and won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Short Film. Other writing includes
‘Wild West’ a radio drama for BBC radio 4, which has been nominated for best radio drama award 2019 from the writers guild of Ireland. The short play ‘Queen of The Pyramids’ for Landmark Productions and Cork Midsummer festival’s
‘Theatre for One’ (2019.) He was commissioned by The Gate Theatre Dublin for their Late at The Gate initiative to respond to John Osborne’s ‘Look Back In Anger’. For this he wrote and performed two new spoken word poems
‘I love you
& ‘Mam and Dad are worried’. 

He is also known for writing and starring in the RTE 2 comedy series Sarah and Steve for Accomplice Television. As well as writing the short films ‘Escape plans’ for Calipo Films and ‘Outside’ for Still films. The Last Partholonian which is a multi character speculative fiction play based on the first cycle of Irish mythology. It received project funding from the arts council for a performed reading of the first draft in 2018. He is currently working on a new collection of poetry which will form part of new theatre show called ‘Accents” in collaboration with Cork musician Talos. His debut novel novel will be published by Harper Collins in 2023.

Most recently Emmet's play Straight To Video with Landmark Productions premiered at the Project Arts Centre to great acclaim in 2021. 



Writer & Performer 

Director Dave Tynan

Adaptation of Emmet's smash hit stage play

MDV/Warrior Films
IFTA for Best Short Film
Producer Michael Donnelly
Director Dave Tynan
  • Jordanne Jones
  • Heartbreak is a spoken word film originally commissioned by ThisisPopBaby that tells the story of a young schoolgirl from teenage pregnancy to raising her son in modern Ireland.


    Director Nicky Gogan
    Still Films
    Director Colin Thornton

    Drama about a group of teenagers craving escape from their lives

    Calipo Films



    Producer Landmark Productions
    Director Phillip McMahon
    Project Arts Centre

    Speculative fiction based on the first cycle of Irish mythology and the gang culture of Tallaght in West Dublin

    Dublin Oldschool
    Winner: Stewart Parker Trust Award
  • Ian Lloyd Anderson
  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Dark comedy about a DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through Dublin

    Dublin Fringe Festival & Project Arts Centre, Dublin

    Writer & Performer 

    Spoken word performance poem in response to John Osbornes Look back in Anger. Part of 'Late at the Gate' series.

    The Gate Theatre Dublin

    Spoken word performance poem in response to John Osbornes Look back in Anger. Part of 'Late at the Gate' series.

    The Gate Theatre Dublin



    Producer Martina Niland & David Collins
    Director David Coffey
  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Charlene Gleeson
  • Series of video diaries about the life of a young working class couple in West Dublin

    Accomplice Television for RTE2



    After the death of her son at the hands of local criminals a Mother tries to hold her family together.

    Broadcaster Radio 4