Oonagh has been creating music, sound and stories for theatre, film, dance, radio, installation and live performance for 25 years. As a musician she has performed with orchestras, new music ensembles, Javanese gamelan, free improvisation, folk, world music, jazz and electronica collectives. Oonagh also teaches music and creates sound and music workshops for children.

Oonagh completed post-grad studies in composition at Sydney University under the tutelage of Peter Sculthorpe, Ann Boyd and Ross Edwards. She is a classically trained cellist and has also studied North Indian music with Ashok Roy and the Arabic Oud with the Australian School of Arabic Music. In 2002, through Sydney organisation Women In Film and TV, Oonagh was under the mentorship of composer and musician David Bridie. Oonagh graduated from Macquarie University, with an arts degree in literature, aboriginal history and law.

Credits include:

composer, sound designer Where the Streets Had a Name Monkey Baa Theatre Company (2017) director Eva Di Cesare, adapted by Eva Di Cesare from the book by Randa Abdel-Fattah

producer, curator, sound artist South Creek Wianamatta Turning…A Festival of Nature, Stories and Sound A Community Arts Place making project on the banks of South Creek St Mary’s, where community members and school students from St Mary’s Public School joined in sound sculpture making, a clean up event, guided walks, native plantings and sharing in stories of environment, pollution, history and culture, including a social media presence and culminating in a documentary

composer Diary of a Wombat Monkey Baa Theatre Company (2017) director Eva Di Cesare, adapted by Eva Di Cesare from the book by Jackie French

sound designer – The Cartographer’s Curse National Theatre of Parramatta with Third Space Productions (2016) director: Paula Abood

composer, sound designerWhen One Door Closes Circa Circus with La Boite Theatre Co. (2016) directors: Yaron Lifschitz and Libby McDonell

composer, cellist The Tribe produced by Urban Theatre Projects in Bankstown Live, Sydney Festival (2015) and Belvoir St Theatre (2016) Castlemaine State Festival and Substation (2017)  director Janice Muller, writer: Mohammed Ahmad
composer – multiplatform documentary Retrospect for UNSW iCinema, ABC online and ABC RN (2015) producers: Denis Del Favero, Tony Macgregor, Jo Upham, Megan Lawrence, Michelle Rayner
writer, producer – short film Pandit Ashok Roy, SURMANI…Pearl of Melody commissioned by and premiered at Parramasala (2014)
writer, producer – radio feature Ashok Roy …from India with love for ABC RNs Into the Music (2014)
composer – gps enabled app Old Irish Sydney Walking Tour (2014) produced by Dictionary of Sydney
composer – ABC RN radio play Cloud Cover (2013) dir/prod: Anna Messariti, writer: Noelle Janaczewska
sound artistRiver sound installation for the exhibition ’12:12:2012 an environmental response’ at Portland Regional Gallery (2012),
composerlove poetry project for ABC RN (2012) and poetry programs on Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and John Keats (2012),
composer – ABC RN radio play the Fox (2011) dir/prod: Anna Messariti, writer: Catherine Zimdahl
composer – short films “A perfect statistic” and “Will be done”(2009) – for the RAA and online social network Journey Beyond Road Trauma, dir: Sandra Cook
composer – feature film The Dinner Party (2008), writer/dir: Scott Murden
writer composer and producerAn Ear on my Heart (2008), The Earthbound Spirit and The Heart of Conflict(2005) – radio documentaries for ABC RN,
composerConcerto for Humans and Semtex (2008) by Simon Luckhurst and “Fistful of Sand” (2004) by Haya Husseini for ABC RNs Airplay, dir/prod: Anna Messariti
sound designerFast Cars and Tractor Engines (2005) with Urban Theatre Projects, dir: Roslyn Oades on youtube
composerTales from the Arabian Nights (2004) writer: Donna Abela, dir: Patrick Nolan and “Go Pinocchio!”(2005) writer: Scott Rankin dir: Kim Carpenter with Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image,
composer – “Below”(2000) for Griffin Theatre Co, dir: Patrick Nolan, writer: Ian Wilding and “Krapp’s Last Tape”(1998) by Samuel Beckett dir: Lois Norman with Sydney Theatre Co.
composer and co-writer – children’s theatre show “I Trust My Brain”(1994) dir: Nadine Helmi written with Phil Joseph prod: Wry Grin Productions – also adapted for ABC TV’s playschool.

I acknowledge the Darug and Darkinjung people, the original custodians of the country where I live and work. I recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and offer my deep respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
This land was never ceded, always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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