Sinead O’Hanlon began her career as the Design Assistant in the National Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre. She has worked as a freelance set designer in both theatre and television since 2001. She is currently employed by RTÉ, the national broadcaster, as a Production Designer. She is a multi award-winning designer with almost 15 years’ professional experience in both theatre and television.
Sinead was one of the representatives for Ireland at the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture in 2007. The Yokohama Delegation produced by The Performance Corporation was chosen as one of the exhibits. This design and her designs for The Factory Girls for The Lyric Theatre in Belfast were also exhibited in Dublin Castle in Extr.acts, an exhibition of Irish Design for Performance as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, 2006.
When the Towers come down, Natalie will get a new flat and a new start. But when she meets Noah, her future is threatened by the chance of falling in love. Set in the heart of Ballymun, this comic love story depicts two Dubliners, lost in life, struggling to leave their pasts behind. Ballymun was almost another character in this play essential to the plot and to understanding the characters. I wanted to represent it and ‘the Ballymun towers or high-rise flats’ in an abstract way. There were a series of suspended window frames, some were light boxes, some with cracked glass and others burnt out. There was one with a Neon sign representing the bar part of the play takes place in. In front of these windows there was a proscenium arch with graffiti copied from the walls and flats around the area. This area in front of the arch represented the exterior part of Ballymun with a playground swing and gravel underneath.