Stephen Callaghan

Playwright, Director, Actor, Arts Practitioner

Stephen Callaghan is a prolific playwright and theatre-maker, based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has written extensively on faith-related subjects, from the lives of Saints to Biblical material in new and challenging ways.  Often infused with the humour and style of his native city, his plays have been performed widely in local venues and schools around Scotland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These include a commission from the Vatican for an International Conference taking place in Glasgow in 2020 and the acclaimed “The Margaret Sinclair Story”, commissioned by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.  Together with his wife, Rachel, he directs the work of Callaghan Theatre Productions and is also the Creative Director of the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project (AGAP).  He is a member of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, an Honours graduate of the University of Glasgow Theatre, Film & TV Studies Department and holds Licentiate and Associate diplomas in Speech and Drama from the London College of Music and Media.

Whether you are interested in commissioning a new play or want to aquire a licence to produce one of his plays, please email: admin@stephencallaghan.com

Plays written by Stephen Callaghan

  • Star of the Sea (2019) – Commissioned by the Vatican for the 100th Anniversary of the Apostleship of the Sea.
  • Sign of Contradiction: The Passion Story (2019)
  • Sign of Contradiction: The Christmas Story (2018)
  • The Pew With a View (2018)
  • Mungo: Legend of Glasgow’s Saint (2018)
  • Lives of the Saints (2017) – 14 Short Plays Commissioned by Missio Scotland and distributed nationally to Catholic Primary Schools
  • Wilderness (2015)
  • The Margaret Sinclair Story (2016) – Commissioned by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
  • Among Women (2016)
  • Did You Know (2016) – Comedy sketch commissioned to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. 
  • The Selfish Giant (2015) – Libretto for a Musical Version of Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story
  • Father Kentenich: Champion of Freedom (2014)
  • Dramatised Stations of the Cross (2014) – Commissioned by the Catholic Youth Service of Scotland for World Youth Day national event
  • A Wean in a Manger (2013) – Panto-style nativity play
  • The Pilgrimage (2013)
  • If You Know Your History (2012) – Commissioned Sketch for the 125th Anniversary of Celtic Football Club
  • Freedom from Chains (2011) – Commissioned by the Notre Dame Child Guidance Centre for the 80th Anniversary
  • The Turnaround (2011)
  • Going for Broke on Jesus: The Bob Park Story (2010) – Dramatic Adaptation Commissioned by the Author of the Book
  • Pure Dead Dangerous (2010) – Commissioned by the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Service
  • The Cure D’Ars: A Priest Forever (2010) – For the Year of Priests
  • Paul (2009) – For the Bi-Centenary of the Birth of Saint Paul
  • Feet of Clay (2008)
  • Passionate Voices (2007)
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