HK Ní Shioradáin has a broad musical background in jazz, film music, traditional Irish, folk, musical theatre, rock and pop. They have composed for film, theatre, musical theatre, bands, and radio. They have a degree in Music Composition for Games from Griffith College Dublin. They have a BA in English Literature and Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin which is crucial to their film scoring and lyric writing.
Musical Theatre Projects
This musical theatre playlist includes tracks from The Faggot Manifesto – recorded in Backstage Longford & More Than This – Live in NYC
The Faggot Manifesto is a musical with music and lyrics by HK and book by writer Ultan Pringle. It began as a workshop in Players Theatre in 2020 to explore assimilation vs radicalization in the queer community in Ireland. Subsequent support and funding was received from Backstage Theatre Longford where HK and Ultan spent time developing and then workshopping the piece with two actors. HK was awarded an Arts Council Agility Award 2021 to continue development on this musical. In July 2022, they did a workshop of the project with 7 actors in the New Theatre with funding and support from Lemon Soap Productions.
More Than This is a musical with music and lyrics by HK and book by Jess Marie Timlin. A reading took place of the musical in New York in April 2023. It began as a production in the Players Theatre in 2019, and subsequently headlined the Players’ Resilience Festival in 2020. The musical received an Agility Award from the Arts Council in 2021 to continue development.