Miriam Needham is a Lecoq-trained actor, writer, and theatre-maker.
In 2020 she was supported by the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Creative Ireland, and the Arts Council to research and develop Snapshot, a project that looked at the global events of March 2020 through a local lens, by interviewing people in the North-West about their experiences of the first lockdown. The project has developed into a stage play, combining fictional scenes with real-life interview extracts. It is directed by John Carty and performed by Miriam Needham and Nichola MacEvilly. Snapshot will premiere at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on August 28th.
In 2019 she premiered her first full-length solo show at the Dublin Fringe Festival, ‘Compostela’, which was developed as partof a Short Theatre Artist Residency at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, and supported by Fishamble’s New Play Clinic and the Dublin Fringe Lab.
With Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Miriam has performed in The Schooldays of Thaddeus K, Alice in Wonderland, and Play. Other acting work includes The Big Wall (Hawk’s Well), Bláth (Branar), Mise (Branar), and Macbeth (Offstage/Shakepeare & Company, Paris).
Previous writing work includes Leathanach Bán (First Fortnight 2018), Rise & Repeal (online comedy short), Pinhole (Moving Bodies Festival 2016), and comedy sketches with Mumbro Top, which were performed at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Electric Picnic, and Culture Night.
Miriam also works regularly as a voice-over artist, and can be heard as ‘Owelette’ on PJ Masks, and ‘Dot’ on ‘DOT’, both on TG4.
Miriam is a fluent Gaeilgeoir and speaks intermediate French and Spanish. She holds a full driving license. She is a qualified yoga teacher and regularly teaches yoga in schools. As a theatre and yoga facilitator she has worked with Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel, Helium Arts, Moontour, Feachtas, and Óga Yoga.
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“Showing a lot of heart, a touch of poetry, with just a hint of performance art, “Compostela” delivers some wonderfully magical moments. Needham’s performance is nothing short of luminous.” – Chris O’Rourke, The Arts Review
“… the crowd were engaged from start to finish as the standing ovation at the end demonstrated. The greatest achievement though was that this was not a play for a small audience … Compostela was less about the referendum and more about the impact of the referendum.” – Brian Sheridan, Headstuff
“Compostela speaks to Ireland’s recent memory. It is engaging throughout, and drew a number of laughs to offset its more tense moments.” – Lauren Boland, Trinity News
Alice in Wonderland (2019, 2017)
“Miriam Needham as Young Alice and Hilary Bowen-Walsh as Older Alice work stunningly, as they throw themselves literally into the roles … A stunningly-adapted tale with a brilliant cast performing the lively characters, this well-loved classic has been invigorated and brought to life”. – Keira Brown, The Fountain
“Needham has clout and a great deal of vigour. Her aggression takes a twisted form, the Cheshire’s infamous; “We’re All Mad Here” hints at an Alice with an unhinged fascination.” – Dominic Corr, The Reviews Hub
The Schooldays of Thaddeus K (2018)
” …a very elegant depiction of one very dismal time, where scenes of stultifying repetition (which anyone will recognise) are choreographed with surprising sprightliness. Here the ensemble’s physical discipline makes objects such as a huge wardrobe or a hefty leabhar rolla (or roll book) become suddenly weightless, as though physics had met its match against daydreams …” – Peter Crawley, Irish Times.