For over 15 years Monkeyshine have been creating a beautifully crafted brand of theatre that is vibrant, ingenious, bold and playful in spirit. We believe that there is a thread that binds us all together and we aim to make theatre that creates a space for people of all ages, to come together as equals. To explore, question and celebrate all that it is to be human. We make theatre that delves into the sacred realms of childhood and imagination. Inspired by the power of the natural world, the depth of myth and legend and the structure of ritual and celebration. We make theatre for the whole tribe. So whether you are a child, a parent, a grandparent, or simply a person, Monkeyshine makes theatre for you. Monkeyshine is a rural theatre company based in Ireland. Celebrated nationally and internationally for its dynamic, adventurous and quirky style.


Monkeyshine tours nationally and internationally to a variety of venues. The company also creates bespoke and site specific work in outdoor and unusual venues. Monkeyshine is currently developing The Vagabond, it’s very own wandering, independent theatre space.


Artistic Director James Jobson
Artistic Director Kareen Pennefather


  • Voyage by Kareen Pennefather (Watergate Theatre 2016)

  • Little Light by Kareen Pennefather (Watergate Theatre 2015)

  • The Magic Bookshop by Kareen Pennefather (Roscommon Arts Centre 2015)

  • Losha by Kareen Pennefather (The Black Box 2011)

  • The Paper Princess by Kareen Pennefather ( First performed at Tobergal Lane Upstairs as part of The Cairde Festival, Sligo.  2010)

  • The Gift by Kareen Pennefather (Mermaid Arts Centre 2007)

  • The Grandmother by Kareen Pennefather (Old Museum Arts Centre 2006)

  • The Frogs by Created by Kareen Pennefather, James Jobson and Serena Brabazon. (2005)

  • Lost Property by Devised by Kareen Pennefather and Meabh Ivers. (2001)