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Super Paua is an Irish theatre company,

established by writer and theatre maker Sian Ní Mhuirí

and designer Molly O'Cathain.


What we do...

Create playful, multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual theatre experiences for young audiences.


Our aims...

To provide young citizens with socially-engaged performance

that is relevant to their lives and the issues that affect them.

To introduce young audiences to new forms of theatre,

and high quality design-led work.  

To inspire and challenge young audiences, and encourage their sense of empathy and awareness in our diverse,

colourful world.

Sian Ní Mhuirí is a writer, director and facilitator based in Dublin.  A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she founded Super Paua in 2013. Previous writing credits include award-winning children’s play Aunty Ben (UK and Ireland Tours, 2014 & 2015), 16 & Rising (Dublin, Galway, Laois 2016), Mysteries of the Deep (or Why The Basking Shark Opened It's Massive Mouth) (Dublin 2016) and Te Rōhi (premiering New Zealand, 2019). Sian was recently awarded the RAK Mason Fellowship by New Zealand Pacific Studios, to be their community writer in residence for 2017. Sian was a committee member of Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland from 2014-16 and is a drama teacher at the National Performing Arts School, Pearse Street, and the Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland, Clonskeagh.


Molly O'Cathain is a Set and Costume designer based in Dublin with Swedish roots. She sometimes also works as a prop-maker, scenic artist and graphic designer across theatre, dance, opera and the occasional film and music video. Molly holds a first class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and participated in the Rough Magic SEEDs Artist Development program 2016-2017. I have designed for directors including Oonagh Murphy, Ronan Phelan, Maisie Lee, Olwen Fouéré, Emma Martin, Zoe Ni Riordain, Louis Lovett, Janet Moran and Claire O’Reilly. In 2017 I assisted  Chloe Lamford on the Royal Court’s production of Road, directed by John Tiffany.


Molly is also a founding member of theatre company MALAPROP, which has been successfully touring work to London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Bejing. Our fourth show, Everything Not Saved, was featured on The Guardian's ‘Best Shows of The Festival” list in 2018.

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