Frank has a long association with the Abbey Theatre. Observe the Sons of Ulster MarchingTowards the Somme premiered there in 1985 and won the London Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Harvey’s Best Play Award, the Cheltenham Literary Prize, the Plays and Players Award, the Ewart– Briggs Peace Prize and the London Fringe Award. His other plays at the Abbey Theatre includeThe Hanging Gardens, his dramatization of James Joyce’s The Dead, an adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, Dolly West’s Kitchen (also Old Vic, London, nominated for an Olivier Award 2001), The Bird Sanctuary, Lorca’s Yerma, The Factory Girls, Carthaginians (also Hampstead Theatre, London) andBaglady.
Other theatre work includes Innocence and The Bread Man (Gate Theatre), Gates of Gold (Gate Theatre and Finborough Theatre, London), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Hampstead Theatre, West End and Broadway), Winner of the New York Critics Circle Award and the Writers Guild Award for Best Play, Mutabilitie (National Theatre, London), Speaking Like Magpies and Mary and Lizzie (Royal Shakespeare Company), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre, London), Greta Garbo Came to Donegal (Tricycle Theatre, London), The Match Box (Tricycle Theatre, London and Liverpool Playhouse) and Crocodile (Sky Arts Live and Riverside Studios). Frank’s widely performed adaptations of classic plays include Ibsen’s Rosmersholm, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Sophocles’ Oedipus (National Theatre, London), Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre), Peer Gynt (Gate Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, international tour and National Theatre, London), Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Gate Theatre and Royal Court), HeddaGabler (Roundabout, Broadway), Uncle Vanya (Field Day Production), A Doll’s House (Playhouse Theatre, Broadway), Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival and the Outer Critics Circle Award,de Molina’s Damned by Despair, Racine’s Phaedra (Donmar Warehouse), Sophocles’ Electra (Chichester, Donmar Warehouse and Barrymore Theatre, Broadway), Ostrovsky’sThe Storm (Almeida Theatre, London), Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), Euripedes’ Hecuba (Donmar Warehouse), a dramatization of du MauriersRebecca (David Pugh productions and UK Tour), Ibsen’s Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic and Duchess Theatre London), The Lady from the Sea (Arcola Theatre) and Euripides’ Helen (Shakespeare’s Globe). Film and television work includes Scout, The Hen House, The Stranger (BAFTA Nomination) and A Short Stay in Switzerland, Broadcast Prize and BAFTA Nomination.
Frank lectures in English at University College Dublin. He was born in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and now lives in Dublin.