Our Adjudicator 2024


Our Adjudicator Padraic McIntyre

Padraic is a native of Bailieboro, Co. Cavan and trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU. Padraic is currently Venues Manager at The Ramor Theatre, Virginia and Townhall, Cavan two Arts Centres run by Cavan County Council. He was a founder member of NOMAD Theatre Network and is still an active member.

Padraic was Artistic Director of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company based in The Ramor Theatre in Virginia fom 2004 to 2017.  He has directed their first seventeen productions The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belfry, (both of which were nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards) The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat, The Snow Child and The Little Dance Girl. In 2007 he directed The Tinkers Curse by Michael Harding which was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and Conversations on a Homecoming for Livin’ Dred/NOMAD which was nominated for The Judges Special Award.  He has also directed The Children of Lir; Shoot the Crow, A Christmas Carol and The Good Father. 

Livin Dred/NOMAD’s production of The Dead School by Pat McCabe was regarded as one of the theatrical highlights of 2008 and was nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production. It completed a three-week sell-out run at The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2009 and then transferred to The Tricycle Theatre, London later that year.  Padraic directed the Irish Premier of There Came a Gypsy Riding, for Livin Dred and the critically acclaimed Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme for NOMAD/Livin Dred both by Frank McGuiness. He also directed Ride On by Seamus O’Rourke, The Bridge Below the Town by Pat McCabe and Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy for Livin Dred and The Field by John B Keane and The Kings of The Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy at the Gaiety Theatre.

He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent Theatre as an actor includes:  Talking to Terrorists (Calypso Productions), The Green Fool, (UpState Theatre Company, National Tours) Two Houses (Upstate Theatre Company) Winter Came Down (Quare Hawks Theatre Company) Howie the Rookie (Library Theatre, Manchester) Shagnasty & Duck (Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh) Loves Labours Lost (English Touring Theatre, National Tour) Big Maggie (New Vic Theatre) A Skull in Connemara (Rocket Theatre, Manchester)  The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred Theatre Co.)

Writing Credits include: The Little Dance Girl (Livin Dred) Carnival at Glenaduff (Ramor Players) Going and Letting Everyone Down (Caomhnu Literary Festival) The Voice (Roscommon Youth Theatre) A Holy Show (Ramor Players) The King of Ireland’s Son (Aishling Children’s Festival) and The Lost Weekend (Ramor Players). His radio play Two Little Boys was shortlisted for the PJ O’Connor Award on RTE Radio. Padraic is the author and director of The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down