Oonagh Murphy is a theatre director. Her directing practice is involved with staging contemporary stories, particularly addressing themes related to gender, class and sexuality. She has worked with companies such as the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse, London.
Oonagh is currently working with The Y Factor a youth initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Collaborating with young women from youth groups and community interest groups in Dublin city, the project will culminate in a performance on what it is to experience poverty.
Because I am a Girl I ask…. questions of the way the world works that make me considered pedantic and humourless.
Because I am a Girl I believe…. gender binaries are detrimental to both men and women, cisgendered, transgender and across all sexual spectrums.
Because I am a Girl I hope…. the length of my skirt won’t be used as evidence in the trial of my rapist.
Because I am a Girl I wonder…. too regularly whether my credibility to do my job competently will be called into question.
Because I am a Girl I dream…. a global access to education and equally paid employment for all women, regardless of race, nationality, religion, etc.
Because I am a Girl I remember…. that I am privileged because I am white, middle-class and university-educated.
Because I am a Girl I like… men, even though they are often blind to the ways their silence and inaction oppresses me.
Because I am a Girl I dislike…. generalisations, presumptions and hierarchies.
Because I am a Girl I feel…. angry, hopeful, sad, frustrated, marginalised, galvanised, optimistic and determined, daily.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate…. small, incremental change, and those who brought it about before me.