Brenda Winter-Palmer began her acting career at the Lyric Theatre Belfast in 1979 in Once a Catholic. In the 1980s she was a founder member of Charabanc, the internationally successful Women’s Theatre Collective, playing roles in Lay Up Your Ends and Oul Delf and False Teeth.
Brenda has a distinguished back catalogue of roles in theatre, television, film and radio. She has worked with companies all over Ireland, in London, Scotland, and on tour to the Soviet Union and the USA. She has always managed to balance her performing work with her activity as a Theatre director, playwright, Theatre manager and, latterly, as a Theatre academic.
In 1989 Brenda founded, and was the first Artistic Director of, Belfast’s longest established Educational Theatre Company, Replay. Whilst at Replay she wrote numerous scripts for the company and for BBC Radio and Television. In 2005 she undertook practice in research for doctoral study at Queen’s University Belfast in Drama Studies and lectured there until 2016. Since leaving Queen’s she has continued with her career as a writer. Her First World War play Medal in the Drawer (2014) has earned critical acclaim and enjoyed popular success. Her new play Floral Nights, which focuses on the Irish Showband phenomena of the 1960s, is currently in production with Karma Theatre Company.
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