Lisa Carroll

Cuckoo opened at the Soho Theatre in November 2018

Everyone hates Iona. Everyone except Pingu. Fitting in is hard when one of you can’t shut up and your silent best friend wears a tuxedo to school every day. Sick of the ceaseless bullying and despair, Iona and Pingu decide to get the fuck out of Dublin. 

From Kylie Jenner lip kits to Lucozade, this is a fresh, modern look at what it means to be young in Ireland today. Shortlisted for the Papatango New Writing Prize, Lisa Carroll’s sharp and sparkling debut dissects the true cost of belonging, and reflects on how hard it is to break away from the place you grew up. 

Directed by Debbie Hannan. Produced by Metal Rabbit.

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Nominated - Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright

There is both snap and crackle in the writing, she knows how to place a smart joke, but it is also terrific on the teenage insecurities that make friendship so treacherous, particularly in the digital age […] you can’t look away”

Lyn Gardner 


Snapdragon at the Abbey Theatre

Snapdragon was commissioned as part of the Abbey Theatre's Future Commissions scheme. It was performed on the Peacock stage in July 2016.

Sarah Madigan and Jane Brennan take notes from director, Ronan Phelan during work on SNAPDRAGON during Future Tense at the Abbey

Sarah Madigan and Jane Brennan take notes from director, Ronan Phelan during work on SNAPDRAGON during Future Tense at the Abbey

A Play for Ireland: Fishamble the new play company

Lisa is currently one of the shortlisted playwrights on Fishamble’s A PLAY FOR IRELAND initiative. With them she is developing a surreal new play, The Visionary.


Róisín was first commissioned as part of The Rooftop Sessions event at the Old Red Lion theatre, Islington. It is a one-woman play written for actor, Sarah Madigan.

Róisín was longlisted for the 2018 Papatango Prize, and longlisted for Theatre503’s playwriting award from nearly 2,000 entries. In 2019 I will be developing the play with the Abbey Theatre and director, Debbie Hannan.


Sixteen was developed at the Abbey Theatre and long listed for the Papatango Prize in 2016. It follows two teenagers trying to navigate love in the age of porn and online shaming.


Writing for stage at USCB with Erin Cressida Wilson and Jon Robin Baitz, 2011

Dublin Theatre Festival Play On Scheme with Graham Whybrow, 2012

Lyric Hammersmith Young Writers Programme with Duncan McMillan, 2013

Royal Court writers group with Leo Butler, 2013

Headlong Theatre Company's Headstart writers group with Sam Potter, 2015

Royal Court invitation group with EV Crowe, 2016

Philip Shelley Writing for Screen intensive 2017