DBF Interviews: Stewart Roche, Caitríona Daly, David Horan

We caught up with Stewart Roche, Caitríona Daly, and David Horan to discuss constructive criticism, inspirational theatre experiences, and what happens when things go wrong on stage.

Watch the interview below, and don’t miss The Show Must Go On!


Caitríona Daly is a playwright from Dublin. She is a graduate from The Lir Academy and the Royal Court’s Young Playwrights Programme and an alumnus of the Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the Attic initiative. Her plays have been produced both nationally and internationally. Most recently she was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award in 2017 and an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play in 2016. She is currently under commission with Fishamble: The New Play Company.


David Horan is a theatre director and playwright. He is the Artistic Director of Bewley’s Café Theatre and a core Acting Tutor at The Lir Academy. Most recently, he co-wrote and co-directed CLASS with Iseult Golden, which played the Bush Theatre in London, won an Edinburgh Fringe First and a ZeBBie Award from the Writers Guild of Ireland for Best Theatre Script in 2018.

Stewart Roche’s first play ‘Curious Tales for Christmas’ had its world premiere at Theatre Upstairs in December 2012 and has been published by Black Box publishing. His adaptation of Stoker’s short story ‘The Judge’s House’ ran in Bewley’s Café Theatre in 2013. A subsequent production came runner-up in the All-Ireland One Act Finals. His first original full-length play ‘Revenant’ had its world premiere in the New Theatre in November 2013 and was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award. Other plays include ‘Variance’, ‘Tracer’ and ‘Snake Eaters’. In August 2018, his play ‘The Fetch Wilson’ premiered at the Pleasance in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.