Gavin Kostick

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Gavin Kostick
BornGavin Kostick
Chester, Cheshire, England
OccupationPlaywright, Dramaturge
Notable work(s)The Ash Fire (1992) Logo.png Search Gavin Kostick on Amazon.

Gavin Kostick is a playwright and dramaturge living in Dublin. He is Literary Officer for Fishamble: The New Play Company and founder of the Show In A Bag series of small Irish plays.[1]

As a playwright, perhaps his most notable work was the 1992 production The Ash Fire. Centred on a crisis within a Jewish Dublin family of the 1930s, the play, which was performed in Dublin, London, Glasgow and New York, has been widely cited as an important example of intercultural Irish theatre.[2][3][4][5][6][7] In 2018, The Ash Fire was programmed by the Lir Academy for a 25th anniversary production.[8]

As an actor, Gavin Kostick performed Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: Complete, a six hour show, for Absolut Fringe (winning the Spirit of the Fringe award), Dublin Theatre Festival and The London Festival of Literature at the Southbank.[9] He also teaches on the Master in Fine Art - Playwriting degree at The Lir Academy.[10]


  • Irish Times Theatre Awards: Best New Play (The Games People Play, 2014)Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many
  • Little Gem Award (Swing, 2013)
  • Stewart Parker Trust Workshop at Annaghmakerrig (2011)[11]
  • Little Gem Award (Pocket Music, 2011)[12]
  • Little Gem Award (Fight Night, 2010)[12]
  • Spirit of the Fringe Award (Heart of Darkness, 2007)[13]
  • Stewart Parker Trust Award (The Ash Fire, 1992)[14]


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  1. "In the Bag: From Tiny Shows to World Tours". The Irish Times. 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. King, Jason (2005). "Interculturalism and Irish Theatre: The Portrayal of Immigrants on the Irish Stage". The Irish Review. 33: 23–39.
  3. Herbert, I. (1993). Theatre Record, Volume 13, Issues 1-9. pp. 75–77. Search this book on Logo.png
  4. White, Victoria (1993). "Victoria White reviews Pigsback's successful offering to the Dublin Theatre Festival which has just embarked on a lengthy international tour". Theatre Ireland. 30: 41–42.
  5. Guernsey, Otis L. Jr. (1993). The Best Plays of 1993. Limelight. p. 229. Search this book on Logo.png
  6. Fricker, Karen; Lentin, Ronit (2007). Performing Global Networks. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 47. Search this book on Logo.png
  7. Lentin, Ronit; McVeigh, Robbie (2002). Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland. Beyond the Pale. p. 165. Search this book on Logo.png
  8. "Summer Productions at the LIR Academy". Lir: National Academy of Dramatic Art. 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. American Theatre, Volume 25, Issues 6-10. Michigan: Theatre Communications Group. 2008. p. 148. Search this book on Logo.png
  10. "MFA in Playwriting". National Academy of Dramatic Art. 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  11. "Stewart Parker Trust Workshops at Annaghmakerrig". Stewart Parker Trust. 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Show in a Bag". Irish Theatre Institute. 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  13. "Writing Workshop with Gavin Kostick". Theatre Forum. 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  14. "Stewart Parker Trust Awards". Stewart Parker Trust. 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.