Joan O'Clery | Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Joan O'Clery

The First Child


Joan O’Clery is a costume designer working in both stage and screen. Her screen work includes the feature films King of the Travellers, Swansong, Dating Amber (all IFTA nominated for best costume design), Out Of Innocence, The Delinquent Season, Rose Plays Julie , I, Dolores, The Trial Of The Century and The Voting Age. Joan costumed the RTÉ TV series Finding Joy Seasons 1 and 2 and the recent TV drama Kin. She is a three-time winner of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award, and her designs for opera include Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist (Landmark Productions/Irish National Opera), Verdi’s La traviata (English National Opera) and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Irish National Opera). She has originated the costumes for several world premieres by major Irish writers including Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr and Frank McGuinness. Her costumes are regularly seen at the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre and many stages around Ireland. Highlights of her stage costuming include Macbeth at the Globe Theatre and at the RSC, An Enemy of the People, Gate Theatre, DruidMurphy Trilogy of Tom Murphy plays for Druid Theatre Company, and She Stoops to Conquer at the Abbey Theatre, Medicine, Woyzeck In Winter and The Approach for Landmark Productions.

May 2022