Nick Coyle

Directors, Writers

"...Their world may be Middle Earth, but Pig Island are heading towards a higher plane of comedy..." (The Guardian, UK)

Nick Coyle is a writer, director and performer renowned for comedy, plays and his one-man shows. His regular seasons at Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival created a cult-like following for his work. Recent television credits include writing episodes for season 3 and 4 of Stan/ BBC series BUMP and an episode of Netflix and Fremantle’s WELLMANIA starring Celeste Barber.

Nick is the creator, writer and director of the six-part web series, SARAH’S CHANNEL. This series stars frequent collaborator Claudia O’Doherty.

Nick’s play THE FEATHER IN THE WEB had its world premiere at Griffin Theatre Company in 2018. It will be restaged in February 2020 at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre in Melbourne. The play has been published by Currency Press and was nominated for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Nick’s one-man gothic comedy QUEEN OF WOLVES previewed at Sydney’s 107 Projects and Giant dwarf before playing at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, followed by a sold out season at The Soho Theatre in London.

His previous Edinburgh Fringe Festival solo show, NICK COYLE’S GUIDED MEDITATION, also played at Giant Dwarf in Sydney, Det Andre Teatret in Norway, The Invisible Dot in London and Union Hall in New York in 2016.

His solo show DOUBLE TRIBUTE had sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as Sydney, Melbourne and The Invisible Dot in London.

BLUE WIZARD was awarded the 2013 FBi SMAC (Sydney Music, Arts and Culture) Award for Best On Stage by FBi Radio. It premiered at PACT as part of the Tiny Stadiums Festival and was re-staged at Belvoir St Theatre in association with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2015 .

Nick’s first solo show, the medieval comedy ME PREGNANT! was awarded the Powerhouse Outstanding Comedy Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2011.

Nick’s play for children, UH OH TONY, premiered at the Bondi Pavilion in 2013 and toured regional NSW in 2014 through Critical Stages.

Previously Nick wrote and directed the plays KITTENBONE BRIDGE at Sydney Theatre Company, HAMMERHEAD (IS DEAD) at Griffin Theatre Company, ROMMY at the Old Fitz in Sydney, and THE OCTOBER SAPPHIRE at FringeNYC. He recorded his radio play BATFEET at 107 Projects in front of a live audience for FBi Radio.

Nick created and co-hosted the radio show VERSUS on FBi radio for three years.

Nick founded comedy group Pig Island with Claudia O’Doherty and Charlie Garber in the 2007 and they garnered critical and audience acclaim for their shows. They won the Golden Gibbo at the MICF in 2007. Their shows SIMPLY FANCY and THE GLASS BOAT remain vivid in the memories of those that saw them.

“In a generation of minimalists, Coyle is a maximalist” TIME OUT SYDNEY