Green Room Productions NI presents the World Premiere of PIRATE QUEEN

The retelling of Grace O’Malley or Granuaile

Supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council

Pirate Queen is the world premiere of this gorgeous site-specific production, performed on Ballywalter and Millisle Pirate ShipPlay parks, retelling the seafaring adventures of GraceO’Malley or Granuaile, the 16th century historical figure. We invite families, young and young at heart, to join us for 30 minutes and set sail for the high seas!

All ages are welcome to this event.

Ballywalter Pirate Ship Play Park-Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2024 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Millisle Pirate Ship Play Park-Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June 202411am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Tickets available at




Written by Clare McMahon

Clare McMahon trained at Central School of Speech & Drama and graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting. In 2018 she was awarded the Patricia Leggett Scholarship to attend The Lir Academy, Trinity College, and achieved a distinction in her MFA Playwriting. Also in 2018 she was one of Fishamble Theatre’s ‘A Play for Ireland’ artists in conjunction with the Lyric Belfast. In 2019 she was one of The Lyric’s New Playwrights Programme chosen writers. Her play The Gap Year was presented in New York as part of 1st Irish Festival ‘Vital Voices’ programme, 2020. It was also presented for the Lyric Theatre’s Listen At The Lyric 2020 before being commissioned for a full production on the Lyric main stage in September 2022 which sold out & described as one of ‘NI Theatre highlights of the year’ by British Theatre Guide. Her new play ‘Mary Ann, The Forgotten Sister’ is currently on with Kabosh theatre at Clifton House.

Directed by Patsy Montgomery-Hughes

Patsy Montgomery-Hughes is Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Green Room Productions NI. She has recently been appointed as Joint Director of Bright Umbrella at the Sanctuary Theatre, Belfast.


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Cat Barter

Cat is an actor, musician, writer and theatre maker from Northern Ireland. She graduated with a Drama Degree before completing a Post-Grad Intensive Performer Training Course (Pilot) at Queen’s University, Belfast.Cat is a multi-instrumentalist and her original music has been featured in the BBC2 NI drama series SEACHT. Cat was chosen to create a piece of ‘art as a vehicle for change’ for the 2022 Imagine Belfast Festival of Politics and Ideas. After the show’s premiere at the festival she was invited to share the work with The Creative Learning Team at Edinburgh City Council; with the Songwriting MA tutor at INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE; and as a special performance during TEDxQUB. She is hoping to take this show on tour in the near future.

Adam Dougal

Originally from Belfast, Adam trained at The Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has bases in London and Belfast. Adam’s Theatre credits include: Groove (Anna Newell), Plays Aloud (Commedia of Errors), Thaw (Replay), Right Up Your Street (Big Telly), Repose (Tinderbox), Alice (Lyric Theatre), Under the Hawthorn Tree, The Grimm Hotel (Cahoots NI), The Narrow Road (Riding Lights), Adrian in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Bruiser, The Mac), Barney in Barney Carey Gets His Wings, The Boy With the Suitcase (Barnstorm, The Watergate), Lessons in Love and Violence (Royal Opera House, London), Frankie Valli in New Jersey Nights (UK and China), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (c21), Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bruiser, The Mac), Ben in The Break (Pic’n’Mix at The Mac), Jordan in Departure Lounge (Pintsized, The Baby Grand), The Prince in Little Red Riding Hood (GBL, The Waterfront Hall), Dormouse and Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland (Iris Theatre Company, The Cockpit, London), Harry in Shot at Dawn (The Gatehouse, London), Garvin in Footloose (Gordon Craig Theatre), Aladdin in Aladdin (Greenwich Theatre, London), Buttons in Cinderella (Greenwich Theatre, London), and Milton Lamb in Midas (St James Theatre London). Radio: Multiple parts in ‘Assume Nothing – The Hunt for Typhoid Mary’ for Radio Ulster and BBC Sounds. Film: Marty in The Invention (Leo McGuigan) and Peter in Upside (Jim McMorrow).

Anna Keenan-Laverty

Anna is an actor, writer, voice specialist, voice-over artist, casting director, and musician from Newry & Mourne who trained at the Gaiety School of Acting. Theatre credits include OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD at Lyric Theatre Belfast, THE RED WINDMILL SPECTACULAR for Footsteps NI at Cabaret Supper Club Belfast, THE MISER for the Gaiety School of Acting directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, WHOSE FEET? for Animated State Dance Theatre Company at the GPO Witness History, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, BELOW BELOW at Smock Alley Theatre 1662 directed by Raymond Keane, and LEGS WIDE SHUT for Rumination Productions at Smock Alley Theatre 1662 directed by Emily Foran. Screen credits include THE BELFAST NATIVITY for Foot of the Dall Productions at Belfast Film Festival, THE OLD VIC for the National Film School directed by Lia Campbell, PARK LIFE for Bodecii Film directed by BAFTA award winning director Laura Way, and SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE for TVJOY Media.