Patricia Downey

Directing Credit

Apr 2018 Mind Games USA Tour
Feb 2018 Banjaxed The Lyric Theatre Belfast
Apr 2017 Mind Games Gold Lion Arts, Sacramento USA
Sept 2016 Mind Games The Lyric Theatre Belfast
Oct 2015 Diablo Newfoundland Canada
Sept 2015 Control Alt Delete The Lyric Theatre Belfast
Nov 2014 Read all about it Northern Ireland Tour
May 2014 Notorious Brighton & Bath Festivals
Mar 2014 re-tour Popping Candy Northern Ireland Tour
Jan 2014 Diablo house Ireland Tour
Dec 2013 re-tour Toxic School Tour
Nov 2013 The Voice within School Tour
Nov 2013 Think how you Drink School Tour
Oct 2013 Secret Door Northern Ireland Tour
Aug 2013 Diablo Edinburgh Fringe
May 2013 Diablo Northern Ireland Tour
Nov 2012 Diablo The Lyric Theatre Belfast
Aug 2012 Well Behaved Women... Edinburgh Fringe
May 2012 Toxic Northern Ireland Tour
Mar 2012 Re-tour Popping candy Newly School Tour
Feb 2012 Well behaved women... The Lyric Theatre Belfast
Nov 2011 Popping Candy Northern Ireland Tour
Oct 2011 Life Goes On Northern Ireland Tour
Apr 2011 The Games Children Play Northern Ireland Tour
Nov 2010 Beat It re-tour Northern Ireland Tour
Aug 2010 Bebo or not to bebo Edinburgh and London
May 2010 One Tribe Northern Ireland Tour
Feb 2010 Beat it Northern Ireland Tour
Nov 2009 Best before Northern Ireland Tour
Oct 2009 Who pays the price Schools TOUR
Sept 2009 Life Goes on Northern Ireland Tour
Feb 2009 Bebo or not to bebo Schools tour
Nov 2008 Bebo or not to Bebo Northern Ireland Tour
May 2008 Cuss the World Re-Think tour
Feb 2008 Cuss the World School Tour
Nov 2007 My Space Omac Belfast
May 2007 Cuss the world Brighton fringe festival
Aug 2006 Cuss the World Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Dec 2005 Cuss the World OMAC, Belfast
Jun 2005 Hello, Does Anyone Care? Toured - Northern Ireland
Nov 2004 Powerwalker Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Mar 2004 Let Us Have the Future Toured - Northern Ireland
Jan 2004 Never Say Never Toured – Northern Ireland
May 2003 We Can Shankill Festival, Belfast
May 2003 Stitch in Time Shankill / Short Strand Youth Project
Apr 2003 Agnes of God Toured - Northern Ireland
May 2002 Anna Weiss Toured - Northern Ireland
Oct 2001 Threads Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Mar 2000 Blueprints OMAC, Belfast
Sept 2000 Dancing at Lughnasa Group Theatre, Belfast
Apr 2000 Double Bill Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Oct 1999 Christening Spoon Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Aug 1999 Agnes of God Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
Jan 1999 Witchcraze OMAC, Belfast
June 1997 Expecting the Future Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Acting Credits

May 1998 Marat-Sade Lyric Theatre, Belfast (Dir. David Grant)
May 1997 The Visit Lyric Theatre, Belfast (Dir. David Grant)
Jun 1996 Mime Road Safety Bangor, Co Down

Writing/devising credits

Feb 2018 Banjaxed

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2017 Cuss the World 2018

Spanner in the Works

Sept 2017 Catch you on the Flipside

Spanner in the Works

Sept 2016 Mind Games

Spanner in the Works

 Sept 2015 Control Alt Delete

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2014 Read All About It

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2013 Think How You Drink

Spanner in the Works

Oct 2013 The Voice Within

Spanner in the Works

Sept 2013 Secret Door

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2012 Diablo

Spanner in the Works

June 2012 Forget Me Not

Spanner in the Works

May 2012 Toxic

Spanner in the Works

Feb 2012 Well Behaved Women...

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2011 Popping Candy

Spanner in the Works

Apr 2011 The Games Children Play

Spanner in the Works

May 2010 Airbus

Spanner in the Works

May 2010 One Tribe

Spanner in the Works

Feb 2010 Beat It

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2009 Best Before

Spanner in the Works

Oct 2009 Who Pays the Price?

Spanner in the Works

Sept 2009 Life Goes On?

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2008 Bebo or not to Bebo

Spanner in the Works

Nov 2007 My Space

Spanner in the Works

Dec 2005 Cuss the World

Spanner in the Works

June 2005 Hello, Does Anyone Care? Spanner in the Works
Nov 2004 Powerwalker Spanner in the Works
Sep 2004 Trauma in the Community Spanner in the Works
May 2000 Blueprints Spanner in the Works

Drama Workshops

Patricia has extensive experience of facilitating drama workshop to a range of client groups, including youth groups, women’s groups & community organisation. Her experience includes working on both a cross-community & single identity basis.



Omagh High School, Together Women Omagh, Mid-Antrim Council.



Positive Lives, Charter Youth, Mind Wise Downpatrick, Youth Justice.



Castlewellen Fold, Newcastle Fold, Dunclug Youth Centre


   Down City Council, Newry City Council, Ardglass Nursing Home


  Waverley Youth Club Ballymena, Ballykeel Community Centre, Ballyhornan Community Centre


   Special Olympic Downpatrick, New Horizon Antrim PCSP Dungannon


   St Gerard’s Education resource centre, Lifestyle women’s group,

Mind Wise Belfast and Downpatrick, Adapt NI Community Safety, Ardglass Youth Club




Respect Project North

Belfast, Northern Ireland Office (NIO), Newry & Mourne

District Council, Down District Council,

Women’s Aid NI, Crushan Munia Traveller Group (South Armagh),

South Armagh Child Consortium,

Bluebell Arts (Derry),

Carrickhill Youth Group (Belfast), Colin Glen Trust (Belfast).

2009   Bressbrook Travellers women’s group, NIFRS, Newry fold
2008   Carrickhill community centre, Rathcoole youth club, new mossley youth, Ballymurphy.
2007   Cavan youth group, coleraine Simon community, Save the Children, St Aidans Primary School and Tandragee girl’s brigade.
2006   Newhill youth group, Simon homeless community, Shankill forum, Market Youth group, Downpatrick flying horse youth group, Pyontpass CRC Conference, South Armagh women’s health project.
2005   Rathcoole Youth Centre, Markets Community Centre, Oldpark Youth Centre, Glenvarna Christian Youth Group, Simon Community, Ballygawley Early Years Centre, Craigavon & Banbridge Divisional Youth Offices
2004   Clondara Cross-Community Women’s Group, Trauma in the Community, Crossmaglen Women’s Group, Vine Centre, Short Strand Community Centre
2002 – 2004   Shanty (Dublin) Women’s group & Shankill Women’s Group (Belfast)
2000 - 2003   ‘Playing with Theatre, 1,2,3’ – a major 3-year drama workshop programme involving 10 community groups. The project involved creating a devised theatre piece with each group, culminating in a performance delivered in & for the local community. The groups involved were Springhill Centre, Crossmaglen Women’s Group, Shankill Youth Group, Omagh Forum, Shankill Women’s Centre, Downpatrick Women’s Forum, Kircubbin Youth Group, Ardoyne Teenagers Group, Greyabbey group & Short Strand Young Women’s Group



Qualifications & Training

2015/16 Advanced Diploma in Mental Health & Wellbeing Coaching 2015/16
2011 Adult Safeguarding - A Shared Responsibility 
2011 Legal Highs; Mephedrone & Beyond
2008 Adolescents Engaged in Risk Taking Behaviours
2007 Disability Equality training
2006 Conflict management level 3
2006 Conflict management level 2
2003 Child protection training
Community Relations training (Ulster People’s College)
2002 Creative writing (Fishamble, Dublin)
2001 Global Learning certificates
Content included: Role of marketing, promotion & personal selling, developing a marketing strategy, HR management, MS Office, e-commerce, email, and internet & team management
1996 – 1998 Lyric Drama Studios, Belfast
1997 – 1998 BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts, BIFHE
1996 BTEC Acting Techniques, BIFHE
1981 Diploma in Business Studies


  • Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Spanner in the Works Theatre Company (1998 – Present).
  • 2018 Awarded residency in Croatia Writers Retreat.
  • 2015 Awarded place on Hedge brook women’s writers’ retreat in Seattle 
  • 2014 Community Impact –Highly commended for Popping Candy from DCAL
  • Nominated for Women in the arts Belfast Telegraph 2012 
  • Awarded “Woman in Arts in the Community 2004” by Training for Women Network (TWN).
  • Awarded “Best Director” for Agnes of God with Spanner in the Works Theatre Company at North South Community Festival, Golden Thread Theatre, Belfast (1999).
  • Qualified and experienced drama workshop facilitator with reputation for writing and devising plays exploring hard-hitting contemporary social issues.


  • Equity
  • Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)
  • Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA).