Gina Donnelly

Gina Donnelly

Emerging Producer

Gina Donnelly is an award winning playwright and producer. She works across multiple roles in theatre. She is one half of the theatre making partnership SkelpieLimmer.

In her work as SkelpieLimmer she has achieved massive success with ‘Two Fingers Up’ (co writer, co producer, co director) and ‘Scaredy Fat’ by Colm McCready (Producer, Assistant Director).

Her writing credits include ‘Tea’; a piece about post-traumatic stress as a result of abortion restriction in Northern Ireland, ‘Ice Cream’, a piece about hidden homelessness and domestic violence, ‘What If We’d Stayed Angry’; a special commission for New York Origins First Irish Festival imagining Northern Ireland in 2050, for which she focused on the absence of proper government in Northern Ireland.

She is currently working in her first TV Commission with Seón Simpson and her newest piece of writing ‘Love Is Mortifying’; a fairytale for the Tinder generation can be heard now on BBC Radio 4 and Sounds as part of BBC Shortworks.

Her work with SkelpieLimmer has earned her multiple awards including Abbey Theatre and Dublin Fringe Creative Thinking Award 2019, Lustrum Award Edinburgh 2019, both for ‘Two Fingers Up’, and Edinburgh National Partnerships Pleasance Award 2023 for ‘Scaredy Fat’. SkelpieLimmer are currently developing a factual entertainment podcast inspired by ‘Two Fingers Up’.

A weird and wonderful 60 minute show.
— The Irish News (Scaredy Fat)

Irrevernet and energetic, an uproarious corrective.
— The Stage (Two Fingers Up)

Scaredy Fat by Colm McCready
Presented by SkelpieLimmer Productions

Fat, Queer and Turned on by Fear!

Scaredy’s working the cinema late shift. Tonight’s schedule? The horror movie sexual awakenings of yesteryear.
Stuffed with steamy recollections of Carrie and Candyman, Scaredy should be in ecstasy but evil horror host Count Calories keeps cutting in on the fun.

It’s time for Scaredy to face their fears and stop being such a big scaredy fat.
Come to the movies with Scaredy as they poke fun at fat and queer representation in the horror genre, asking what it means to love a genre that doesn’t love you back.

We’re gonna need a bigger shirt.

Developed at FRINGE LAB, The MAC Belfast, the Lyric Theatre, CQAF, MAKE and Scene+Heard. Supported by FRINGE LAB X field:arts, Les Enfants Terribles and Pleasance.


Platforms. Image by Becky Cheatle. Dublin Fringe Festival.