Áine Ryan
(Republic of Ireland,

U.S. Debut)

Kitty in the Lane

(U.S. Premiere)

Thur. May 21 8:30pm
Fri. May 22 9:30pm
Sat. May 23 5:00pm
Sun. May 24 5:30pm
Fri. May 29 9:30pm
Sat. May 30 3:00pm
Sun. May 31 8:00pm
Fri. June 5 9:30pm
Sat June 6 4:00pm
Sun. June 7 8:00pm
Southside Theater
Tickets: $20-$25 General Admission

Presented by SFIAF (duration 75 minutes)

Writer and Performer – Áine Ryan
Technical Design and Stage Management – Emily Matthews, Gemma Miller
Music Arrangement – Cáit Ryan, Ella Stapleton , recording by Eoin Ryan
Media – Dominick Kosicki
Photography – Tomek Bogut and Jeremy Abrahams
Producer – Keith Monaghan


These performances of Kitty in the Lane were made possible in part by the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Ireland in San Francisco through the Department of Foreign Affairs: Cultural Relations with Other Countries Programme.


A poignant drama that examines the physical and emotional loneliness of a young female farmer who feels tied to the family land in rural Ireland. Kitty in the Lane received much critical attention at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2014 and is the debut play by Irish playwright and actor Áine Ryan.

'It is rare to find a writer and performer whose gifts work together in such wonderful intensity and imagination...anticipate something that will leave you haunted. Five stars' Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Studio Perform was formed as a company to facilitate production of Kitty in the Lane, the debut play by Áine Ryan. Kitty in the Lane played various venues and festivals around Ireland before enjoying a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2014, and will continue touring in 2015. Studio Perform is committed to showcasing theatre by unlocking the landscape of contemporary rural Ireland from Ryan's perspective.


Áine Ryan

Áine holds a BA in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has completed E20 Writers School with the BBC, a programme for emerging scriptwriters, and attended playwriting courses with Fishamble and The Royal Court. Aswell as playing the title role in Kitty in the Lane, other recent theatre credits include Sive in the Irish premiere of Desolate Heaven by Ailís Ní Ríain , directed by Tony McCleane Fay at the Everyman Theatre, Cork. Also, May in Angel Dust and Dallas by Paul Maher, directed by Amy Hill , a touring comedy production.

Emily Matthews

Emily has served as Sound & Lighting Designer/Technician on Kitty in the Lane since the shows conception in 2013. She has served as lighting technician on other productions at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick and Cork School of Music. As an actor Emily's credits include Nina in A Dream Play with National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin and Melaine in Going Places at Draiocht Theatre. She also works as a drama facilitator and workshop coordinator.

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