Áine O’Hara is an award winning theatre-maker creating exciting and vulnerable work for and about people who are often left out of traditional art and theatre spaces. She is currently at a pivotal stage in her career as she reimagines how she creates work following her diagnosis with fibromyalgia. O’Hara is a graduate of MFA Design at The Lir Trinity College Dublin and the Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire.
O’Haras identity as queer, disabled and working class is embedded in her work. The work questions and exposes bureaucracies that oppress those who fall outside certain definitions of ‘normal,’ ‘valuable’, and ‘productive. Her work experiments with form and focuses on connection, conversation, and care.
O’Haras long term ambitions include demanding adequate access to theatre and the arts for disabled and marginalised communities through the creation of large scale, ambitious work as well as the continuation of community building projects like Chronic Chats, a creative and social group for chronically ill people run with the support of the A4 Sounds Studios Project award.
O’Haras work has toured nationally and internationally and she has shown work in the U.K, Sofia, Bulgaria and is due to present The Owl that lost the cat an interactive performance about loneliness and how to connect in a digital society at Survival Kit festival in Latvia in September 2020.
In 2019 GAA MAAD, an exploration of what it means to be a queer GAA fan and the difficulty in loving a sport and a community that quite often hates and abuses you was selected for the inaugural DUETS programme. DUETS is an initiative developed by Fishamble: The new play company, Dublin Fringe Festival and the Irish Theatre Institute. DUETS is an artist development scheme that supports theatre makers in the creation of their own tourable productions. GAA MAAD was written and performed by Aine O’Hara & Vickey Curtis at Bewleys Cafe Theatre for Dublin Fringe Festival 2019.
GAA MAAD was awarded the Outburst Queer Fringe Award 2019.
Áine has also worked in art departments for film and tv including ‘Red Rock’ currently on Virgin Media One and upcoming Irish feature film ‘Broken Law’ by Paddy Slattery.