He has directed the bulk of Asylum’s work to date, including The Chronicles of Oggle (Asylum/Everyman, 2013); Red Lola (Asylum – Cork Midsummer Festival & Kinsale Arts Week); Meat (Granary -Cork Midsummer Festival, premier); Pondlife Angels (world premier) & Bedbound (Asylum/Cork Midsummer Festival – and national tour), both by Enda Walsh.
He is also a freelance director.
Love, Peace and Robbery (Chameleon); Circu Islu for Catalonian based McBride & Sons – a puppet circus in a miniature Victorian circus tent.
He co-wrote and directed Love All for Cheery Wild/Ten42 (National tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012) and wrote & directed Cinderella for the Source Arts Centre.
He has also directed large-scale street theatre spectacles for Abhainn Ri Festival, and co-directed and performed in The Chancy Brothers – a giant puppet show for Bui Bolg.
He directed The Lost Prince for Kilkenny-based Inclusive Theatre company Equinox; and facilitated the creation of the first Deaf theatre ensemble, Spirit Of Sign, under the Arts Council Artist in the Community Award.
International directing work includes The Miracle for Theatre Jungen Generation, Dresden; and for Boomerang; Masquerade, (Planetado Festival, France (Arts Council Bursary Award); and the world premier of Chatroom by Enda Walsh at the National Theatre, London.
As an actor, Donal appeared as Jonah in The Whale (Talking Birds) – a 3-minute touring show for 1 audience member at a time performed inside an aluminium whale, and multiple roles in The Last Lot at Kilkenny cattle Mart (both for Talking Birds, Coventry). He also co-devised and performed Asylum’s two hander adaptation of The Bald Prima Donna, which enjoyed sell-out success at Edinburgh Fringe 2001, and went on to play in Germany and the US.
Reviews for Donal’s freelance work:
Critics on Love Peace & Robbery by Liam Heylin:
“Gallagher, an accomplished director, also manages to create a more stylised production than the original, rooting it firmly in the landscape and possibilities of the theatrical medium: in his hands, the play feels confident, fluid and finely balanced”. ITM
Critics on Love All by Gallagher/Wilde/Hickey:
. “currently the funniest, smartest and most entertaining show on stage.
Donal Gallagher’s direction maintains the delight of the throwaway, but these tricks are hard-earned and, it becomes clear, subtly considered”. Peter Crawley – Irish Times
“ * * * * * Donal Gallagher‘s masterful direction insures that a beat or a trick isn’t missed in a show that pummels the funny bone with Carry On abandon.” Caomhan Keane – entertainment.ie
“…a heady merging of genres flung about at will, displaying both their knowledge of theatre history and practice, and their desire not to be bound by rules of convention…Gallagher’s direction ensures each moment of play is well-paced… a performance based on tightly in-sync physicality, gesture, mime, virtuosity and theatricality”. ITM
Critics on Chatroom by Enda Walsh:
“…one of the most fully realised Irish productions I have seen in a very long time for any target market or age group. Everything that is good about this play is supported by its production…Gallagher’s precise direction and clean blocking…This kind of skill knows no demographic.”
Susan Conley Irish Theatre Magazine
“Walsh’s script is magnificently performed by Cork’s Boomerang Theatre Company… Donal Gallagher’s inventive production makes the internet dramatic with computer generated images of it’s maze-like infinity”
Nicholas de Jongh Evening Standard
“…a chilling and powerful tale of manipulation and bullying… staged with enormous aplomb by Boomerang Theatre Company…the best possible advertisement for theatre…”
Lyn Gardner The Guardian
Critics on Frozen by Bryony Lavery (Cork Opera House):
“Superb…Donal Gallagher brings the right non-hysterical response to the script”
Liam Heylin – Evening Echo
Critics on Christie in Love by Howard Brenton (Granary)
“From start to finish the show is a polished triumph …”
Brian O’Connell The Examiner [/box]