Saoirse Anton is a writer, producer, theatremaker and critic. She is also a feminist, optimist, enthusiast, opinionated scamp and human being.
As a poet, she has performed extensively in Ireland and Cardiff, including performances supporting Stephen James Smith at the London Irish Centre and Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise, and as a featured artist in First Fortnight Festival’s Therapy Sessions in Dublin, The Moon Cardiff’s 5th Anniversary Weekend, TactileBOSCH’s May Day Celebration and The Railway Gardens Big Welcome, to name a few. Selected poems have been published in Rise Up and Repeal, an anthology from Sad Press Poetry. Her short poetry film for children, An Oíche is Speisíalta, was produced by RTÉ and Studio 9 as part of RTÉ’s 2020 Christmas programming, and she continues to work as a scriptwriter with Studio 9 on several short film projects still in development. She was recently awarded first prize in the Cardiff Writers Circle 2021 poetry competition. She is due to release her debut spoken-word album with sinc-x Records in 2022.
As a theatre critic and writer, her work has appeared in a monthly column on takeyourseats.ie, in The Reviews Hub, The V&A’s TheatreVoice podcast, TN2 Magazine, and on her own website Sitting On The Fourth Wall. She has been invited to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on several occasions as part of the Network of Independent Critics, has appeared at Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin, has represented Youth Theatre Ireland at On The Edge Festival in Birmingham, and has facilitated theatre criticism workshops for Youth Theatre Ireland and NDCWales.
She is currently Company Manager with Richard Chappell Dance, and has previously worked with National Dance Company Wales, Dublin Dance Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Abbey Theatre, National Theatre of Ireland, Youth Theatre Ireland, Laois Arts Office, BANBHA Theatre Company, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Dublin City Arts Office and Arts Council Ireland.