The Arts Council has expressed its deep regret at the passing of designer Monica Frawley. Monica was a visionary designer and director, an inspirational teacher and mentor, and a passionate advocate for the emerging members of the stage design industry.
For thirty years, Monica worked as a designer with the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Opera Ireland, Cois Ceim Dance Theatre, Siren Productions, and many other Irish companies. In the UK, she worked with the National Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and the Traverse in Edinburgh. She was a key collaborator with leading companies and directors, designing many premieres of celebrated Irish dramatists including Frank McGuinness, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr and Brien Friel. Her work was most recently seen at the Ark Theatre and the Gate Theatre, Dublin. She taught young designers at the Lir Academy and elsewhere. In 2019, she was awarded the Judges’ Special Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for her life-long contribution to theatre.
Monica will be remembered for her vivacity, sense of humour, inexhaustible energy and drive, her exquisite sense of artistry, her generosity, kindness and warmth as well as her talents as a collaborator and her ground-breaking work in set and costume design.
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