Donal was Born in Belfast but has lived in Dublin, Drogheda and Downpatrick. He studied in London and Canada and has worked as a teacher in London, Paris and Northern Ireland. Recently Donal has focused upon drama as the suitable medium for the themes he most wishes to explore. Currently, Donal lives with his very supportive wife and child in the beautiful town land of Saul, Co Down. 

Donal's work with Accidental began when he submitted his first play to us in 2010 as part of our first ever play development series. The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave stood out to the team and together with Donal spent the next few years exploring and developing it for production.

Actors Jason McLaughlin, Maggie Cronin and Noel Magee in  The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave

Actors Jason McLaughlin, Maggie Cronin and Noel Magee in The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave

The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave

Up-and-coming journalist Dempsey loves his London life – but is suddenly shipped home to Belfast to make a documentary on the changing face of good ol' Norn Iron.

A Christmas visitor at best, Dempsey has his fingers crossed for a quick job and a leap up the career ladder. But his parents (Tom and Martha) and his oldest school buddy (Mark) have their own agendas for him, and soon Dempsey is forced out from behind his camera.

O’Hagan’s stage debut is a multimedia exploration of homecoming that rips into ideas about family and identity, and asks how far can a person be the author of their own life. With a superb cast, starring Maggie Cronin, Cillian O'Sullivan, Noel Magee and Jason McLaughlin.

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...a play which is both political and personal, effortlessly combining the themes of identity, love and loss without ever complicating the play’s narrative.
— Belfast Telegraph
...a clever and subtle script allows us to experience a snapshot of the lives we live today, oblivious to our ‘collective negativity’ – and to consider how we’d react if our own worlds fell apart
— Belfast Telegraph