Kat Woods is an Irish freelance director and playwright. After graduating from the University of Ulster @ Magee with a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama, Kat moved to London to take up a position on the postgraduate directing course at the Drama Studio London. This became a 12 month placement with various theatres and productions in the Off West End theatre scene.
One of the placement positions was with The White Bear in Kennington, undertaking various roles. Whilst working as a script reader for The White Bear, Artistic Director Michael Kingsbury gave Kat the opportunity to direct a play of her choice. Frustrated with the limited work at her disposal, Kat decided to write for herself. Michael Kingsbury kindly took a chance and let her showcase her first play at The White Bear in 2010. That first piece was Skintown. Skintown was then entered into the Bruntwood Royal Exchange award and placed on it’s prestigious longest.
Kat’s next piece was a play called Dirty Flirty Thirty, a one woman show based around the peril’s of dating in your 20’s/30’s. The piece itself was inspired by various real life stories and Kat’s own Irish Catholic schooling. The play opened to critical acclaim and sell out shows. It went on to tour in Northern Ireland and London.
Belfast Boy is Kat’s third piece of writing. She previewed the play at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden starring the wonderful Barry Fitzgerald. Belfast Boy received it’s Edinburgh debut at Spotlites at the Merchant Hall and received a plethora of 5 star reviews, sell out shows and two awards. The Fringe Review award for ‘Outstanding Theatre’ and ‘The Stage’ award for ‘Acting Excellence’. From here the play toured to Northern Ireland, Brighton, London, Birmingham and upon invitation, Belfast Boy was performed at the prestigious Tampere Theatre Festival in Finland. Belfast Boy was also invited back to the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 to appear at Spotlites larger venue. The show was recast to return to the fringe with the superb Greg Fossard taking on the challenging solo role.
Wasted came from an idea pitched to her by Serena Jennings and Will Merrick. They asked Kat to write a new piece for their theatre company, No Prophet Theatre, in order to take it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. They wanted her to write about the grey area concerning consensual sex and so ‘Wasted’ was born! Wasted previewed at The White Bear Theatre and The Lost Theatre space, London. It then made it’s Edfringe 2015 debut at the Gilded Balloon. Opening to critical acclaim and sell out shows. Wasted received a New York transfer as part of the Soho Playhouse Encore series. The play transferred in October to critical acclaim. Through No Prophet Theatre. Wasted had its London transfer at The Kings Head Theatre in September 2016.
Mule Kat’s newest work previewed at The Omnibus Theatre in Clapham where Kat is an Associate writer and subsequently went on to achieve 5 star status and sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 followed by a London Run at Omnibus and a tour of N.Ireland.