Abbie Spallen is a multi-award-winning writer, actor and film producer. Her writing credits include the Stewart Parker Award, The Tony Doyle Award, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Clare McIntyre Bursary from The Royal Court, the Peggy Ramsay Award, the Dublin City Council Bursary for Literature and the HALMA Foundation Award for excellence in the European Arts.
Her plays include: POENA 5x1 (2016, Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe); LALLY THE SCUT (2015, Tinderbox Theatre Company / The Mac); ABEYANCE (Druid Debut, Druid Theatre Co); PUMPGIRL (Bush/Traverse/Manhattan Theatre Club) which won the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Stewart Parker award and was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play; STRANDLINE (Fishamble) which was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award; and BOGWOG (NPC, O’Neill Centre Connecticut). Her short plays include THIRTEEN (Women in Power and Politics,Tricycle Theatre), SHAVING THE PICKLE (59E59 NYC) and RUBBERFOOT (Pentabus).
Her work is published by Faber and Faber and has been translated into many languages and produced across Europe and the USA. She has completed one attachment to the Royal National Theatre and two to The Royal Court. In 2014 she was writer in residence in the Lyric Theatre Belfast.
Her work for radio includes RAPTURE FREQUENCY (The Wire R3) LIVE FROM THE PALACE (R4) and the forthcoming SNAKE OIL (R4). Film and Television includes PUMPGIRL (PG Films/NI Screen) SEACHT (Stirling Productions) and COLLUSION (Sharp Focus for Calipo).
In 2014 was awarded the Major Individual Artist Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in 2016 Abbie was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature.
She is currently under commission to the Royal National Theatre, The Abbey in Dublin and the Lyric Belfast.