Gúna Nua is an award-winning, critically acclaimed theatre company making new theatre for Irish and international audiences since 1998. We develop productions in relationship with artists and communities to generate dynamic, contemporary and vibrant theatre that challenges and inspires. Drawing on our extensive legacy of award winning productions, we strive for excellence and innovation by collaborating with exciting partners, finding new and unusual venues and employing cutting edge theatre techniques in our work. Gúna Nua has a strong reputation for devising, developing and producing new plays and re-inventing the classics.
Paul Meade – Artistic Director
Paul Meade is a writer, director, actor and Artistic Director of Gúna Nua theatre. From Limerick, Paul trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, and later received an M.A. in modern drama from U.C.D.
As a director Paul has directed the multi award-winning Pondling, The Goddess of Liberty, Little Gem and Scenes From a Water Cooler (co-directed with David Parnell) as well as The Unlucky Cabin Boy, Chicane, Taste, The Real Thing, Trousers, and Meltdown for Gúna Nua. He has also directed Hamlet and King Lear for Second Age, Percolate’s Green Street at the Dublin Fringe Festival, David Mamet’s The Shawl and Pauline Shanahan’s Positive Dead People for Bewley’s Café Theatre, and Gerry McCann’s Shay’s Story and Jennifer O’Dea’s Aisling’s Story for Focus Ireland.
Work as a writer includes Faith, Scenes From a Water Cooler, Skin Deep, Thesis, Trousers, and Meltdown all for Gúna Nua. In 2007 Paul wrote Mushroom for Storytellers Theatre Company, and was also awarded a play writing commission by the Irish Council for Bioethics. In 2010 he wrote Light Signals for Team Theatre Company. In 2011 he wrote Begotten Not Made, a commission from the Irish Council for Bioethics. This play went on to win the Jim McNaughton/Tilestyle Bursary at the 2009 Business to Arts Awards and received a special mention at the Prix d’Italia. Most recently, Paul wrote The Short Biography of Denis O’Rourke and Conference Call for RTÉ radio drama.
As an actor Paul has worked with companies all over Ireland and toured to the U.K., U.S.A. and Australia. Plays include: Hamlet, Dinner with Friends and Four Storeys for Gúna Nua; Licking the Marmalade Spoon also by David Parnell; Juno and the Paycock at the Abbey; Silverlands for Druid; Petty Sessions with Red Kettle; The Ash Fire for Pigsback; Grapes of Wrath for 7:84 Scotland; Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and more with Island; Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth with Second Age; Hard Times for Storytellers; Pygmalion for Smock Alley, God’s Gift with Barrabas; The Glass Menagerie for Galloglass and Alone it Stands with Yew Tree Theatre.
Film and Television include: Alarm by Gerry Stembridge, Rebellion, Acceptable Risk, The Clinic and Whistleblower for RTE, The Tudors for BBC, Lassie for Classic Media Productions, Love is the Drug for RTE, Quando for Paradox Pictures, Making Ends Meet for Indie Films, Rebel Heart, BBC, On Home Ground for RTE.
Gill McCaw – Executive Producer
Gill joined Gúna Nua Theatre as Executive Producer in 2018. Since then Gúna Nua has produced the critically acclaimed Bread Not Profits, by Mike Finn, at Cleeve’s Factory, Limerick, in April 2019, and a national and international tour of the award-winning The Morning After the Life Before by Ann Blake.
Gill previously produced the sell-out Lunatic, There I Go, at the Civic Theatre in 2018, her own stage adaptation of Hanna Greally’s Bird’s Nest Soup for Floating World Productions as part of First Fortnight Festival. Prior to that Gill produced Green Street, the sell-out hit of Dublin Fringe Festival 2012, a site-specific production set in Dublin’s Green Street Courthouse and written also by Gill with Sarah Binchy, Geoff Power and Pauline Shanahan.
As co-founder of Percolate Theatre, Gill produced two rehearsed readings of new writers’ work at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre and Project Arts Centre. Percolate Theatre was set up to develop and provide opportunities for new writers.
Gill’s early business career in strategic marketing included manager roles working for Sheraton Hotels’ Europe, Africa and Middle East management division and Hertz Europe, both based in London. She also worked as a marketing consultant with clients in the technology and travel sectors. Gill also founded and managed a SME in the health and wellness sector for four years, also in London before returning to Dublin in 1999.