About me and CV.
I am a Set and Costume designer based in Dublin with Swedish roots. I sometimes also work as a prop-maker, scenic artist and graphic designer. I work across theatre, dance, opera and the occasional film and music video. I am interested in contemporary adaptations, new writing and devised work. I like to collaborate on vibrant, expressionistic work, using colour, form and object as visual metaphor and dramaturgy, rather than (or as well as) as backdrop or decoration. I create detailed worlds which have a thoroughly developed material culture and consistent or decisively inconsistent attitude to the material. I am also interested in how design can be political. How I can use stage images to evoke feeling or response that engage with my intersectional feminist viewpoints. Writers or directors are often seen as those with a political voice in theatre, but I am trying to find that too.
I hold 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.
In 2016 I co-founded MALAPROP. We make bold, genre-spanning work which has design as a core element, despite our un-funded, fringe-y status. MALAPROP 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.
A reviewer recently described my work as “Molly O’Cathain must be the master of making small fringe shows look like they’ve been designed with an unlimited budget that she just chose not to use” - LILITH WOZNIAK, Exeunt Magazine, 2018. While I hope to one day outgrow this description, I think it’s pretty accurate as a summation of where I am right now.