Peter Sheridan


Peter Sheridan is a writer, theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

He was a founder member of the Project Arts Centre. He has worked with Charabanc Theatre Company and the Royal Court Theatre where he directed his own plays, The Liberty Suit and Emigrants.

Sheridan directed The Balcony Belles, an award-winning documentary for Temple Films, and in 1998 he wrote and directed The Breakfast, a short film which won the Prix Arte Europe Award at the Brest International Film Festival in November 1998.

In 2000 he wrote and directed the film Borstal Boy, based upon Brendan Behan’s memoir.

He is author of 44 - A Dublin Memoir (PanMacmillan, 1999), Forty-Seven Roses (PanMacmillan 2001) and Break a Leg (New island Books, 2012).

He won Rooney Prize for literature in 1977 and was Abbey Theatre Writer in Residence in 1980

“I went to Belfast in late 1981 because I needed to respond to the Hunger Strikes. I worked with the Irish Commission for Justice and Peace and met families of Blanket men. I visited Long Kesh and felt that the conflict was being misrepresented in the South. I wrote Diary of a Hunger Strike out of anger and frustration and tried to tell the true story and show how prison protest was political in the truest sense.”

Diary of a Hunger Strike
Finders Keepers
No Entry
Paint It Black
Shades of the Jelly Woman (Part One)
The Liberty Suit
The Rock and Roll Show
Women at Work

Down all the Days
Mother of All the Behans
The Billy Club Puppets
The Illusion