The company was founded in 2004 by artistic director Annabelle Comyn with the aim to produce work where the actor and text are at the core of the dramatic experience. Since then the company has led the way in premiering work in Ireland with a defining clarity of vision; sophisticated in content and ambitious in its artistic vision. Director Annabelle Comyn, who is responsible for directing some of the most critically and commercially successful work in recent years with Pygmalion and The House both at The Abbey Theatre, has had enormous sell out success with Hatch’s recent production of The Talk of The Town by Emma Donoghue, co-produced with Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival.
Hatch’s other work includes Love and Money by David Greig in which Kate Stanley Brennan was nominated as Best Actress for The Irish Times Theatre Awards; Further Than The Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris in which Fiona Bell was nominated as Best Actress for The Irish Times Theatre Awards; Cruel and Tender by Martin Crimp, Pyrenees by David Greig, Blood by Lars Norén and The Country by Martin Crimp.
Hatch is currently working with Mark O’Rowe at the National Theatre Studio in London on his reworking of Crestfall.
HATCH is part of Project Catalyst, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
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Annabelle is one of Ireland’s leading theatre directors and artistic director of Hatch Theatre Company. She recently directed the box office smash hit The Talk of The Town by Emma Donoghue, author of the world wide best seller ROOM. The Talk of The Town is a play about the incredible life and writings of the iconic Maeve Brennan and is a Hatch Theatre Company, Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival co-production. The Talk of The Town was presented at Project Arts Centre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012.
Her recent freelance work includes the highly successful and critically acclaimed production of The House by Tom Murphy and the box office sell out of GB Shaw’s Pygmalion both for The Abbey Theatre. Other work for The Abbey includes A Number by Caryl Churchill and Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall.
As Artistic Director of Hatch Theatre Company she has directed the Irish premieres of Love and Money by Dennis Kelly; Further Than The Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris; Cruel and Tender by Martin Crimp; Pyrenees by David Greig; Blood by Lars Norén and The Country by Martin Crimp all in association with Project Arts Centre.
Other work includes The Sit by Gavin Kostick (Bewley’s Theatre – Dublin Fringe Festival Best Male Performance nomination and Bewley’s Cafe Little Gem Award nomination); Dublin Noir; My Brother is Disappearing and Eclipsed 1 and 11 for The Irish Times Award winning Whereabouts (Fishamble). She has also directed Churchill x 3 (Three More Sleepless Nights; Ice Cream and Hot Fudge); Terrorism; Loveplay; The Strip; The Possibilities and Mad Forest for the Samuel Beckett Centre, Top Girls for NYU Tisch and Twelfth Night for The Granary Theatre, Cork. For the Royal Court Theatre she directed Good-bye Roy (Exposure); B22 (Young Writers’ Festival); Rough Road to Survival (Class) and Under the Skin (in association with London Weekend Television and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital). Other work in London includes The Lament for Arthur Cleary (Brockley Jack, London) and The Rock Station (Finborough, London). In 2003 she directed Ashes and Sand by Judy Upton (Nukutheater, Tallinn, Estonia).
Annabelle is a Project Catalyst as part of a Project Arts Centre initiative and a member of Project Arts Centre. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Irish Centre of UNESCO’s organisation of International Theatre Institutes.
by Tom Murphy, directed by Annabelle Comyn. Abbey Theatre (2012)
Tom Murphy’s The House is given the five-star treatment by a masterful director and inspired cast
Director Annabelle Comyn has done an unforgettable job with the Abbey revival
by GB Shaw, directed by Annabelle Comyn.
Abbey Theatre (2011)
the great achievement of Annabelle Comyn’s tremendous new production of Pygmalion for the Abbey
This fair lady is sheer joy from start to finish… Annabelle Comyn’s many layered direction for the Abbey production deals with all of this, subtly and superbly intelligently
by Caryl Churchill directed by Annabelle Comyn. Abbey Theatre Peacock Stage (2007)
powerful, compact gem… Director Annabelle Comyn mines the rich seam of fathers and sons
Director Annabelle Comyn wisely keeps activity to a minimum, focusing all the attention on the sharp, truncated, loaded dialogue, the sort that poses a challenge for actors… but Williams and Graham manage it brilliantly in this great launch to the Peacock’s new season
The Irish Mail
by Joe Penhall directed by Annabelle Comyn. Abbey Theatre Peacock Stage (2006)
Irish Daily Mail
Annabelle Comyn directs almost perfectly …Go to this play