Kitty in the Lane at Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Kitty in the Lane at Edinburgh Fringe 2014

When Kitty’s boyfriend isn’t showing up to escort her out the lane to a local beauty pageant, we jump into her tragic, hilarious existence on a rural farm with her cantankerous father.

Kitty in the Lane tells the story of a twenty year old girl living in an isolated cottage in rural south west Ireland with her elderly father. In conjunction to caring for her father, Kitty is managing the family farm alone, due to her brothers recent death. The action takes place on the eve of a local beauty pageant with Kitty waiting for her boyfriend to escort her to this event, escaping domestic duties. As Kitty waits for his arrival we get a glimpse into her world, and her relationship with family, friends and community. The play is a dark drama, unlocking Kitty’s perspective of life as a young woman in a lonesome environment, but showered in comedy too through Kitty’s witty observations and anecdotes of her own reckless activity in the past.

Press on Kitty in the Lane

'An intense, poetic study of loneliness, cruelty and rural isolation, Kitty in the Lane is a mesmeric continuation of the Irish literary tradition.' ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby)

'An extraordinary accomplishment as both playwright and actress.' ★★★★★ ( Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm)

''Kitty in the Lane' does some of the things Irish contemporary drama does best.' ★★★★(Edinburgh Guide)

'Áine Ryan is a wondrous actor. A full-blooded, committed portrayal of a woman in lonely, mental decline. This is visceral monologue, in the hands of a superb performer. Highly recommended.'★★★★ (Fringe Review)

'An Irish gem...Áine Ryan is a wonder to watch.' (The Public Reviews) 'Ryan writes beautifully.' (The Stage)

'Ryan’s writing has a lovely, authentic tone...the people she speaks of and the places they go to sparkle with life and truth.’ (The Scotsman)

'An exceptionally promising first piece.' (San Francisco Chronicle) 


The Source Arts Centre, Co.Tipperary, January 11, May 9 2014
Smock Alley, Dublin Collaborations Festival , February 27, 29, March 1 2014
Seán O’Casey Theatre, Dublin, Five Lamps Festival, April 1 2014
Spotlites, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, July 31 – August 25 2014
Friars’ Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, January 30 2015
Nenagh Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary, January 31 2015
The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, April 18 2015
Granary Theatre, Cork, April 21, 22, 23 2015
Little Duke Theatre, Drogheda (Drogheda Arts Festival), May 2 2015
Black Box Green Room, Belfast (Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival), May 4 2015
An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, May 9 2015
Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco (San Francisco International Arts Festival), May 21 – June 7 2015
Central Arts, Waterford (Imagine Arts Festival) October 17, 18 2015
Commodore Barry Irish Centre, Philadelphia December 11 2015

Rehearsed Reading                                                                                                         The New Theatre, Dublin (New Writing Week) November 8 2013

Showcase                                                                                                                        The Source Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary (Culture Night) September 16 2013