The Nun’s Wood

by Pat Kinevane

directed by Mike Ryan

A new production by Ferocious Composure.

Winner of the BBC/Stewart Parker Trust Award for Best First Play, 1998, Pat Kinevane’s debut stageplay tells the story of Picus, Bellona, Jaso and Silvy, four young people living on the fictional island village of Tinaglasha, County Cork. Rhea Normile, visiting the grave of her long deceased friend, recounts the tragic events that transpired during a hot summer in 1974.

A story about families, the ones you’re born with and the ones you choose, legacy, and the burden and unyielding impact of dark secrets.



Picus – Alex Herlihy

Silvy – Conor O’Boyle

Bellona – Issey Fenton

Jaso -Amber Deasy

Rhea – Roisin Harrington

Circe – Elaine Malone



Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork and has worked extensively with Fishamble as an actor and writer. He recently won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Performance in an Affiliate Theatre for his show ‘Silent’ (writer and performer) in the Soho Theatre, London. He has toured extensively with his three one-man shows ‘Forgotten’, ‘Silent’, and ‘Underneath’.

He is currently touring with his show ‘Underneath,’ which will be running in the Soho Theatre, London, from November 22-December 17.



Mike Ryan is the artistic director of Ferocious Composure. A veteran of UCC Dramat, Mike created lighting and sound designs whilst studying for a postgraduate degree in Ethnomusicology under Mel Mercier, before moving into directing in 2013. Between 2011 and 2014, he won several national student and amateur awards for his sound and lighting designs. Mike is one of twelve directors selected this year for Fishamble’s Directors’ Mentoring Programme as part of Belltable:Connect.