'Be careful, and do not seek to know too much about us' - Sidhe

Niall is a freelance Irish scenographer and visual artist working in performance, film, painting and collage. 

Following a foundation degree in Art and Design, Niall went on to gain a first class in Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art. Niall was awarded the Max Rayne Design residency at the National Theatre, where he was Associate Set and Costume Designer on Translations.  In 2022, he designed Northern Ireland Opera’s Into The Woods, which won the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for ‘Best Production’. Niall was also nominated for ‘Best Set’. 

Recent design credits include Peter Pan (Gate Theatre Dublin), Tosca (Northern Ireland Opera at Grand Opera House Belfast), Under The Kundé Tree (Southwark Playhouse), The Dry House (Marylebone Theatre) and Into The Woods (His Majesty’s Theatre Perth). 

Next / Current: 

- Eugene Onégin, (Northern Ireland Opera, Grand Opera House Belfast) - Set Design. Directed by Cameron Menzies.

Waiting for Godot, (Theatre Royal Haymarket) - Associate Designer to Rae Smith. Directed by James MacDonald.

- Oedipus, (Old Vic) - Associate Designer to Rae Smith. Directed by Matthew Warchus.

Awards / Accolades:

- 2022 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards nomination: Best Set. Into The Woods 

- 2022 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards winner: Best Production. Into The Woods

- 2021 JMK Award winner: Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act, directed by Diane Page

- 2021 OFFIE AWARDS nomination: Best Production. This Beautiful Future

- 2019  Max Rayne Design residency award. National Theatre 

Associate / Assisting work: 

- Associate - Rae Smith - Translations (National Theatre)

- Assistant - Georgia Lowe - The Trials (Donmar), Missing Julie (Theatr Clwyd), Klippies (Young Vic), Dick Whittington (National Theatre)

- Assistant - Richard Hudson - Peter Gynt (National Theatre)

Within his visual art practice, he is currently investigating folklore and urban mythic spaces as a way to dissect the conflicted and problematic attitudes towards cultural hijacking and identity within Northern Ireland. Who are we? Maybe it’s about time we had that conversation.

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