Abbie is a actor/writer from Newry, Northern Ireland. She is the recipient of the Tony Doyle Award 2007 for her first feature length screenplay SEVEN DRUNKEN KNIGHTS and was nominated for The Irish Times Theatre Awards prize for “Best New Play” for PUMPGIRL. In 2007 her acclaimed play Pumpgirl won the Stewart Parker Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for best play written in English by a woman. STRANDLINE, her newest play, premiered in November 2009 in Dublin.
In theatre, she first appeared as Rona in KENNEDY’S CHILDREN at Centre Stage, Belfast. Other stage work includes THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, PUT OUT THAT LIGHT, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER for The Lyric Theatre, Belfast. DON’T LOOK NOW and PERMANENT DEADWEIGHT (Replay), WHALE MUSIC (Rattlebag), STAGS N HENS (Civic Arts), SOMEWHERE OVER THE BALCONY (Bewleys Cáfe), GOYA’S LAST PORTRAIT directed by John Crowley, A WIFE A DOG AND A MAPLE TREE (Charabanc), MARIE CLARE (Theatre Space) and LIMBO (Queen Of Sheba Productions).
Film and television appearances are GIVE MY HEAD PEACE, LIFE AFTER LIFE, EVENTS AT DRIMAGHLEEN (BBC NI), FAIR CITY, CAMERA CAFÉ, EXIT FILES and LOVE IS THE DRUG for RTÉ. Other screen work includes Perry Ogden’s PAVEE LACKEEN (An Lar Films), HOLY CROSS (BBC NI), DIZZY DAYS, SILENT GRACE and THE FOLLOWER. She also made a guest appearance in award-winning film OMAGH, directed by Pete Travis for Film 4.