Kathy trained at Central, St. Martin’s, London. She has worked with numerous theatre companies including Druid, Rough Magic, the Abbey and the Gate. Kathy’s screen credits include the Oscar-winning short film Six Shooter, popular RTÉ medical procedural The Clinic, television film Showbands and the 2014 comedy drama Run & Jump.
- Best Costume Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2004 for 'Improbable Frequency' (Rough Magic) and 'The Playboy of the Western World' (Druid)
- Best Costume Design, 2003 Irish Film and Television Award for 'Spin the Bottle'
Run and Jump tells the tale of a husband, Conor returning to his home after suffering a stroke, which has left him a shell of his former self. He brings with him a tweedy, bearded stuffed shirt of a neuropsychologist intent on studying his recovery. Family and friends rally round but it is clear that the once vibrant and physical Conor is no more and this has a huge impact on relations.
In the costume design I wanted to show how connected and tactile the family had been formerly. As a furniture maker the artisanal ethos was an important bond and any hints of home crafted elements helped to show how the family were cemented together by their ability to create. Themed meals brought out their skills at fashioning a fancy dress and the various knitted animal costumes of the youngest , Noni helped her express her feelings in a more instinctive manner.
The preteen son, Lenny struggles with his sexuality and when beaten up at a swim meet he decides to embroider his trunks in the loudest fashion possible and beat them at their own game.
The quality of the home crafts stands for the patina that blesses the family ties and helps forge the recovery.