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Aodhán Madden

Aodhán Madden is a playwright, short story writer and poet. He worked for many years as a journalist and critic with the Irish Press before taking up writing for a variety of mediums, including print, stage, radio and screen. His work has been produced by the National Theatre and by many of Dublin leading producers.  His first play ‘The Midnight Door’ in the Peacock Theatre in 1983 starred Ray McNally, David Kelly and Marie Kean. ‘The Dosshouse Waltz’ (1985), ‘Private Death of a Queen’ (1986) and ‘Sea Urchins’ (1998) are just some other of his stage plays.   His screenplays include’ Night Train’ (1998) directed by John Lynch, which starred John Hurt and Brenda Blethyn. Madden was twice awarded the Oz Whitehead Award for drama for Remember Mauritania and in 1985 for Private Death of a Queen. In 1985 he won the Herald Tribune Award for Best Play in the Dublin Theatre Festival of that year for Dosshouse Waltz.  His memoir Fear and Loathing in Dublin was published in 2009.

January 2015
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Aodhán Madden on 1 January 2015.

Throughout his work, Madden was concerned with people living in extreme circumstances. The often savage nihilism of his characters is mitigated by a caustic sense of humour, an unsentimental affection for Dublin, particularly Dublin of the 1950s and 1960s, and an intense compassion, especially for the old. According to Jim Nolan, ‘His themes and stories are informed by a determination to give a voice, through theatre, to the lives of individuals and communities who subsist, to varying degrees, outside the mainstream of Irish society’.

He will be sadly missed.

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