© Copyright Kathryn O'Reilly 2017
Winner: Raindance Award – British Independent Film Awards
Winner: The Audience Award – Raindance Film Festival
Winner: Best in Festival – Socal California
Winner: Best of The Fest – Radar Hamburg Film Festival
Winner: Best European Independent Film – ECU Film Awards
Winner: Best Director – London Independent Film Festival
"There's an endless role-call of small yet satisfying appearances, with Kathryn O'Reilly's bed bound Suzanne treating us to a wonderful maternal maturity"
Photography by Stephen Pover
A VIEW FROM ISLINGTON NORTH - Arts Theatre 2016
The Mother by Mark Ravenhill
"She is a great tragic figure – torn apart, inside and out, by things not of her choosing. Kathryn O’Reilly is superb in the part – vicious, unrelenting, scared, broken, but, above all, maternal.
O’Reilly (who took over the roles played by Sarah Alexander on 6 June) is brittle and brilliant. Her biting attack on Joseph Prowen’s young soldier is awful to watch but somehow comprehensible. Her son has died in a war she doesn’t understand, didn’t want to believe in and had forced upon her.
The true grit here lies between O’Reilly’s mother and Prowen’s son-substitute who comes to tell her her boy has died and she should feel patriotic about it. There are heart-wrenching moments as well as caustic, funny tirades"
Tickets Are Now On Sale by Caryl Churchill
"Its a very effective, funny and devastating piece from Caryl Churchill, played with impeccable sangfroid by Steve John Shepherd and Kathryn O’Reilly (who is almost utterly unrecognisable as the mother from the previous scene)."
The Accidental Leader by Alistair Beaton
"The acting here is terrific"
"and Kathryn O’Reilly (in her third exceptional performance) is a gutsy supporter of the incumbent leader"
Live Theatre UK Stephen Collins - 4 Stars
"Kathryn O'Reilly has been foul mouthed before in Out Country's Good and she utterly convincing here"
Simon Jenner Fringe Review
"Mark Ravenhill’s The Mother opens the collection with Hayley Morrison’s (Kathryn O’Reilly) unrelenting volley of choice language poor defence for the bad news she knows she is about to receive regarding her soldier son. This is an emotionally raw and painful piece, and O’Reilly totally convinces as a woman on the precipice of collapse."
Sally Jack punctualsally.com
"Assured performances are given all round, particularly from Kathryn O’Reilly, who rolls with the punch of Chen’s writing, at one moment a cartoonish American reporter, the next running a Gervais and Merchant worthy interview with ‘the artist’."
TheatreFullStop Samuel Clay
hamlet is dead. no gravity directed by Andrea Ferran
"hamlet is dead. no gravity’s modestly sized cast is impressive, with passion and talent in abundance.
Kathryn O’Reilly shines during an impressive monologue dissecting love, full of expletives and delivered with such conviction that it is impossible not to be completely drawn in to her passionate and humorous argument."
A Younger Theatre Ellie Bannerman
Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Bolton Octagon & Out of Joint's 25th Anniversary of Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker Directed by Max Stafford-Clark, Produced with Karl Sydow 2012-2013 Tour West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds Birmingham Old Rep, Cheltenham Everyman, Oxford Playhouse, St James London, Southampton Nuffield, Watforld Palace, Aberystwth Arts Centre, The Hague
2014 2014 Tour Frairfield Halls, Mercury theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Gutherie Theatre - Minneapolis, Royal Alexandra Theatre - Toronto, Richmond Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Brighton, Windsor Theatre Royal; produced by Out Of Joint, Karl Sydow & Mervish Theatres
"Our Country's Good is perfectly written, perfectly directed and perfectly performed - I loved Kathryn O'Reilly's interpenetration of Liz Morden. You could tell how engrossed the audience became in her storyline and how much the audience fell in love with Liz." West End Frame Watford Theatre
“Bursting with humanity, humour, heartache and passion and Stafford-Clark’s vivid and absorbing revival of one of his greatest hits finds all the drama’s strengths. Tim Shortall’s evocative design of wooden spars and canvas sails suggest the ship on which the convicts first made their terrible journey to the other side of the world… The power of the story, based on Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker, constantly grips… Kathryn O’Reilly gives a brilliantly sparky and furious performance… John Hollingworth is excellent… Laura Dos Santos is deeply touching… Ian Redford shines” Charles Spencer Daily Telegraph
"Kathryn O'Reilly shows quiet dignity and inner strength in adversity playing Liz Morden." British Theatre Guide Philip Fisher
"Kathryn O’Reilly stole the stage with her gritty and feisty portrayal of Liz Morden; every time she spoke I couldn’t help but hang on her words, and she could provoke minutes of raucous laughter just by a simple twitch of her face." Lippymag Holly Boyden Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse
"the wonderful, scene-stealing Kathryn O’Reilly as fiery Liz Morden, who brought shouts of slighted laughter yet also moments of painful, stomach-kicking silence in her dogged refusal to defend herself." The Play's The Thing Laura Peatman
"Kathryn O'Reilly charts the huge change in violent Liz Morden movingly;" David Nice
"Kathryn O’Reily arcs the transition of the outspoken Liz Morden perfectly – softening beautifully as the play progresses." Jimmy Mac Public Reviews
"It's a classic production, focused on bringing out the comedy (Liz Morden, played by Kathryn O'Reilly is particularly fine). " Daily Info Jen Pawsey
"Matthew Needham’s Sideway was a pitch-perfect source of comedy and Kathryn O’Reilly played a splendidly brash yet humane Liz Morden, providing the moral core of this marvellous play." Portsmouth.co.uk Nathan Chapman
"I really enjoyed Matthew Needman as the exuberant Sideways and the erudite Captain Collins, and loved Kathryn O’Reilly as a powerful Liz Morden she maintained an extraordinary stillness that was compelling to watch. I could actually name the entire company here as there was not a weak link nor a weak characterisation, it was a masterclass in ensemble theatre." uktheatre.co.uk
"A faultless cast of ten actors plays multiple roles. - Helen Bradbury, as Dabby Bryant, Kathryn O’Reilly, as Liz Morden, and Laura Dos Santos, as Mary Brenham give convincing portrayals of women harshened by their early life experiences and softened as the process of working together and acting a different role allows them to start to change." Manchester Confidential Joan Davies
"Matthew Needham as the theatrical Sideway and Kathryn O’Reilly as the wilful, challenging Liz Morden also give particularly strong performances, but this is very much a group effort, and no link in the chain of this cast is weak." Everything Theatre
"Fuelled by an incredible cast, alive to every nuance of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s text – notably Lisa Kerr as Duckling, Kathryn O’Reilly as Liz Morden, and Ciaran Owens in the two completely polarised roles of harmless hangman and brutish Captain " One girl & a ticket Katherine Stevens
"The acting was skilfully done; special mention goes to Matthew Needham for the witty portrayal of Robert Sideway, and Kathryn O’Reilly as Liz Morden." The Good Review Lizzie Scourfield
"The performance of Kathryn O’Reilly as Liz Morden particularly impressed me; her abruptness and stoicism at the beginning of the play unfolds into a vivid and memorable character. Perhaps the star of the show, however, is not one actor but the Ensemble. The actors work together seamlessly in their performance."
Centre London Theatre
"The women are particularly strongly played. Laura Dos Santos has a nice simple, shy goodness as Mary Brennan, protected by her friend Dabby Bryant, a lively spirited performance by Helen Bradbury. Lisa Kerr is particularly moving as Duckling Smith and it is not difficult at all to imagine that Kathryn O’Reilly’s Liz Morden is the most dangerous of the women- though even she is not without a vulnerable side." Patricia1957
"John Hollingworth is simply excellent as the forward-thinking governor and a convict, Ian Redford covers four roles with a great nimbleness and there’s an embarrassment of riches in the female cast with any of Laura Dos Santos, Lisa Kerr, Helen Bradbury and Kathryn O’Reilly making a striking impression at one point or another." oughttobeclowns.blogspot.co.uk
Kathryn O'Reilly holds our interest and earns our pity as the challenging, foul-mouthed Liz Morden, who lastly acquires some good dignity in a climactic courtroom scene" ~ Dailynewsen.com / thestar.com
"the stand out performance was Kathryn O'Reilly as Liz Morden. Along the way we witness her dispair, hoplessness, bravery, and loyalty. In one scene she tells two other convicts about her life and how she ended up being transported. It's done in such a broad vernacular that neither Elaine nor I understood a word. It was brilliant. David Newman's performance as David Collins and Robert Sideway is also worth noting" ~ Sam Mooney mooneytheatre.com
"The performances are on point, and draw you into the story. Kathryn O'Reilly is gripping as Liz Morden" ~ Broadwayworld.com
"Kathryn O'Reilly, her face as sour as a crate of lemons, is at first hilarious, then sympathetic, as the fearsome thief Liz Morden...Sam Graham rivals O'Reilly for the show's standout performance as the ailing, alcoholic midshipman Harry Brewer" ~ Martin Marrow theglobeandmail.com
"The convicts, despite all their failings, are made almost immediately loveable thanks to heartfelt performances by the likes of Kathryn O’Reilly (who plays the gruff and foul-mouthed Liz Morden), David Newman (playing affable pickpocket Robert Sideway) and Richard Neale (playing conflicted convict-turned-hangman Ketch Freeman)." Shazia Khan Wag Jag Royal Alexandra Toronto
"Standout performances come from Jessica Tomchak as Clark’s protégée, the initially timid Mary, who is enlivened and emboldened by her lead role, and Kathryn O’Reilly as the witty and scowling Liz Morden, who performs a slow burn throughout the piece as we learn more about her life and see her blossom emotionally. O’Reilly’s performance is especially poignant and brutal as the audience is all too aware that no matter how far the character comes on this journey, she will remain a prisoner thousands of miles away from home for many years." ~ Niall Harman Publicreviews.com Brighton Theatre Royal
"As Liz Morden, who is about to be hanged for theft, Kathryn O’Reilly spits venom (oh, yes, a lot of spitting actually goes on!). With scowling face she positively fizzes with aggression and attitude." ~ Clare Brotherwood Uktheatre.net Theatre Royal Windsor
"Gee and O'Reilly are particularly amusing as the challenging criminals Dabby Bryant and Liz Morden." ~ Lauren Gillett theatromania.ca
"The acting honours go to the female contingent, especially Victoria Gee as feisty Dabby Bryant, Anna Tierney as oitiable Duckling Smith, and Kathryn O'Reilly as embittered renegade Liz Morden" ~ Keith Garebian Stageandpage.com
"There are fine moments from Jessica Tomchack, Kathryn O'Reilly, Simon Darwin, David Newman and Richard Neale" "Nathan Ives-Mbia gives a highly sympathetic performance as Ralph" ~ Robert Cushman arts.nationalpost.com
The Golden Dragon ATC Directed by Ramin Grey English Language PREMIER 2011
“Arresting too is Kathryn O'Reilly, playing the drunk who treads a fine line between comedy and tragedy but successfully pulls it off.” Jack Bradley Fringe Review“
It’s intelligence and thoughtfulness is apparent, not least in the actors' performances.” ~ Lyn Gardner The Guardian
“an excellent multi-tasking ensemble cast of five bring to life the staff and clientele who live above the restaurant, as Schimmelpfennig weaves his tale about migration, exploitation, and journeys, both emotional and personable". Alan Chadwick Entertainment.stv
RIFTF by Natalie McGrath, directed by Robert Miles Brewhouse Theatre
“exploring the authenticity of the characters with Ayo Aloba and Kathryn O'Reilly, the actors who bring them to life so perfectly that at times I forgot they were acting” 4 STARS Remotegoat Vivienne Kennedy
Andersen's English by Sebastian Barry
Out of Joint tour and Hampstead Theatre
Cast: Niamh Cusack, David Rintoul, Danny Sapani, Alistair Mavor, Lorna Stuart, Lisa Kerr, Kathryn O'Reilly
"The cast is breathtakingly good... an intelligent text, brilliant acting and a cornucopia of light, movement and sound. The whole creates an astonishing sense of everyday surrealism that, in a metaphorical sense, is absolutely naturalistic. Theatre gets no better."
"Excellent performances, too, from Lorna Stuart (Katie Dickens), Kathryn O'Reilly (Georgie Hogarth) and the promising young Alastair Mavor as the clumsy Dickens son Walter."
British Theatre Guide Kevin Catchpole
Mixed Up North by Robin Soans
Out of Joint Tour, Bolton Octagon, Wilton's Music Hall
"Kathryn O'Reilly, who only graduated from drama school last year, is the worn out director Bella, a pivotal role which she delivers with panache." Paul Callan The Daily Express
"Kathryn O'Reilly striking an authentically strained note as the director of the community play." Lynne Walker Independent on Sunday
"It was a professional theatre debut for Kathryn O’Reilly, but there was no sign of nerves in her strident performance of Bella, the director of the theatre group’s play" Burnley Citizen
'Outstandingly cast and acted.' Independent on Sunday
'gifted young cast bring real power to first-person accounts… disorganised, didactic yet always lively – and, at a time when immigration is so high on the government’s agenda, burningly topical.' The Times
Rumplestiltskin & Other Grizzly Tales directed by Alistair Green
New Wimbledon Studio
"Kathryn O'Reilly, feisty as Red Riding Hood." Clare Peel Theatreworld Internet Magazine
Rumplestiltskin is another collection of wonderfully worked ensembles,
performed by some highly versatile actors – Steve Wrelton Wimbledon Guardian
Kathryn O’Reilly is a name to remember. She is an all purpose, singing, dancing and drama princess who shows versatility and flashes of the passion. – John Timperley Richmond & Twickenham Times
Tots around me got their biggest kicks from Vasilissa the Brave, with Kathryn O’Reilly’s glamorous wicked stepmother. – John Thaxter The Stage
Oedipus directed by Amrcello Magni & Tamsin Shasha AOD Tour
"It was as if another person had taken over Kathryn O’Reilly’s body as she became the most regal of Jocastas." Gerry Parker Bristol Evening Post
"The reaction of Kathryn O’Reilly as his mother, is one of the great moments of the play, and she brought it off with understated dignity as she exits to top herself." Jim Hutchon Chelmsford Weekly News
"The play was a dramatic and visual triumph, with tense and emotional performances from Kathryn O'Reilly." Kevin Rogers South Yorkshire Timesichmond & Twickenham Times
Semblance of Madnes! directed by Nic Paris Etcetera Theatre
The performances are stunning examples of ensemble playing. Elegant timing and energetic emotion. Carrie Cohen UK Theatre.net
“Kathryn O'Reilly brings such depth of character, Jones, that you truly are never sure is she is aware she is lying, or if she genuinely thinks she is someone else. As Jones intimidates Bishop, one can feel the whole audience being drawn in, also becoming scared of O’Reilly’s impressive stage presence.” H. Allison Reviews Gate
"Kathryn O'Reilly delivers a gifted and sometimes electric performance." John Park Fringe Report
"The ensemble playing by Toni Darlow, Kathryn O'Reilly and Jo Arber is strong and the performances pack a punch, particularly Kathryn O'Reilly as the bullish, multiple personality-ridden Jones." Shirley Dent CultureWars
Photo Simon Cumminsky
Photography by Nick Rutter
Acting reviews (Copyright of all photographs remain with the photographers)
YOU by Mark Wilson
directed by Sarah Meadows,
Producer Rosalyn Newbery
Cast Kathryn O'Reilly & Stephen Myott-Meadows
Show of the Week Award Winners Vault festival 2018
Brighton Fringe Festival May 2015 ARGUS ANGEL Winners
"O'Reilly shines with her heartfelt and honest portrayl of her characters"
"The story is so well told by Kathryn O'Reilly and Stephen Myott-Meadows. Their portrayal of such a raw and tender story are near pitch perfect, with both performers giving well rounded and focused performances" Rewritethisstory.com
"There is no escaping the emotional intensity and there is nowhere to hide from O'Reilly's tear-stained face when she makes eye contact" British Theatre Guide
"A memory play in which Kathryn O’Reilly and Stephen Myott-Meadows bring to life all the characters involved. This they do superbly through voice changes, subtle facial changes and body postures" The Argus
Caught directed by Cressida Brown
"Superb writing and performances from the cast work so well within this space" Huffington Post Mik Scarlet
Photography by Brandon Bishop
Photography by Robert Workman
Photography by Silvia Cataudo