Since the 70th Anniversary gala reunion of UCD DramSoc, which she organised (with UCD alumni organisation), around her production of Jennifer Johnston’s “The Nightingale and not the Lark”, Deirdre has curated many events, and directed many theatre shows. In 2001 she co-created the Jacobean Western tale of incest and revenge, “ShesaWhore”, at Project Cube, in groundbreaking multimedia (at the time!), after an idea by Angela Carter to re-stage John Ford’s tis Pity She’s a Whore in the style of a John Ford Western. In 2002 she brought Yael Farber’s first production to Ireland “He Left Quietly”, and co-curated a week of talks, events, rehearsed readings, screenings and an exhibition of drawings around it, entitled “South Africa Week” opening The Space at the Helix. After her 2004 documentary radio series “Nice Moves” (RTE Radio One), and book Irish Moves (Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2006), CoisCeim Dance Theatre invited Deirdre to curate “Threads”, a season of events, screenings, workshops and talks around the Irish-German Modern Dance connection. In 2009 she curated the symposium “The Many Bodies of Contemporary Dance” at Dance House during Dublin Dance Festival, in association with Gradcam, Create, and Arts and Disability Ireland. In May 2009 she co-curated a one day event at Oonagh Young Gallery entitled “Yeats’s Forgotten Dancers”, as part of her ongoing action research on the Abbey Theatre School of Ballet, which is revealed in her BAI-funded radio documentaries on WB Yeats and his work with choreographers, dancers, and composers at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre – broadcast on RTE Lyric FM. In May 2012 she curated “Bohemians – Et Ce Chant dans mon Coeur” exhibition at European Union House in memory of Ireland’s first modern dancer, June Kuhn, supported by the Alliance Francaise and the French Embassy – which led to several historical discoveries which Deirdre reveals in her film documentaries “1943 – A Dance Odyssey” (RTE), and “Dance Emergency” (TG4). The exhibition and associated talks and events subsequently toured to Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee, County Clare, and to Limerick’s Limetree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College. In October 2014, Deirdre produced and curated a reunion screening of her film “1943 – A Dance Odyssey”, at TCD Samuel Beckett Theatre, with a post-show discussion moderated by Ruth Barton of TCD Film Studies. In July 2015, as part of Photoireland Festival, Deirdre produced screenings of her photo-documentary “Journey to YU (in the footsteps of Rebecca West)” at Dublin’s Origin Gallery and at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Deirdre has also curated several other visual arts exhibitions, at the Ormond, and with the Blue Leaf Gallery.
Most recently, on Culture Night (September 21st), 2018 Deirdre was delighted to share her installation and Event “Mother Tongue”, related to her work-in-progress “Coosheen’s Forgotten Seanchai and Son” at Cathal Brugha Barracks in the Lecture Room of the Military Archives. A further development of this event, featuring a recording of the great Pat Laffan re-enacting “Croaker”, Coosheen’s forgotten Seanchai, as well as his great-grand-daughter sharing memories of, and poetry by, her gran-uncle the English-language poet Paddy O’Brien will take place in Kilkee’s Culturlann Sweeney at the end of November 2018. Watch this space!