About Kieron Barry

Kieron Barry

Kieron Barry directing David Morrissey

Kieron Barry was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He survived a disastrous education at Glebelands School in Cranleigh and went on to take degrees at the University of Durham and Goldsmiths’ College, London. 

Sixteen of his plays have been produced in the UK, US, Canada and South Africa. These include the verbatim drama Stockwell, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London. It was described by The Times in its five-star review as ‘more gripping than anything else to be seen in the London theatre’ and by the Daily Express as ‘stark, stunning... deeply poignant... one of the most important plays of the year.’ The play prompted Barry's nomination for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. 

He is also the author of the one-act comedy Numbers, described as ‘sharp and funny, terrifying and inspiring’ in Lucy Kerbel’s book 100 Great Plays For Women where it appeared alongside plays by Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams and Euripides. Numbers and another of his plays, Tomorrow In The Battle, are published by Samuel French.

His other plays include Black Soap, Cumquats, The Problem Of Sex, Or: Why Are We In Afghanistan? and Lord Beckington (90) Reads From His Award-Winning Romantic Memoirs. 

Kieron Barry has also written and directed three short films.