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Owen O’Neill is a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, having performed stand-up or theatre gigs there for over twenty years. He was nominated for the 1994 Perrier Award with his show “It’s a Bit Like This”, and won a Fringe First in 1999 with Sean Hughes for the theatre show “Dehydrated and Travellin’ Light”. Theatre sets have included 12 Angry Men, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and The Odd Couple. Stand-up has included “Off My Face” and “It Was Henry Fonda’s Fault”.
As a writer, his debut feature film Arise and Go Now was screened by BBC2 and was directed by Danny Boyle and starred Ian Bannen. He has adapted a number of his works of short fictions to be plays or films.
His short film The Basket Case won the best Irish short at the 2008 Boston Irish Film Festival. O’Neill’s play Absolution performed on Off Broadway in 2010 to good reviews. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times praised the effective writing and O’Neill’s performance as “hold[ing] the attention fast with its understated, almost offhand intensity”.I met up with him in my dressing room at the Stand 2 during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.