Theatre for One: This Ireland

Theatre for One: This Ireland

Cork Opera House Plaza
Cork Midsummer Festival

15 - 23 June, 2024
Free admission. No booking required.

Past Performances

The Abbey Theatre

18–23 December 2020

Cork Opera House Plaza
Cork Midsummer Festival

18–23 June 2019

European Premiere

Cork Midsummer Festival with the support of Cork Opera House | June 2019

Theatre for One: This Ireland

by Marina Carr, Stacey Gregg, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe, Enda Walsh + six emerging writers to be announcedLandmark Productions and Octopus Theatricals

In June 2024, Theatre for One: This Ireland will be presented at Cork Midsummer Festival. The plays will be produced by Landmark Productions, in partnership with Octopus Theatricals (NY) and will be presented in a specially-designed, state-of-the-art theatre booth for one actor and one audience member at a time located on the plaza outside Cork Opera House.

Theatre for One is part peep-show booth, part confessional, and completely visceral. And it’s free.

Theatre for One was conceived and created by the Olivier award-winning designer Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects. When it premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival in 2019, six of Ireland’s leading playwrights – Marina Carr, Stacey Gregg, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe and Enda Walsh – presented original 5-minute plays to 5-star reviews across the board. In June 2024, six emerging playwrights, chosen through a public call-out (the successful applicants will be  announced in Jan 2024), will join them to showcase a combined total of 12 plays – six from the original writers and six from the call-out.

The six plays presented in 2019 were: Cygnum Canticum by Marina Carr; Brilliant by Stacey Gregg; Queen of the Pyramids by Emmet Kirwan; Bait by Louise Lowe; The Spur by Mark O’Rowe and Cave by Enda Walsh.

In December 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Government approved a limited run of Theatre for One, together with Theatre for One (and a Little One) at the Abbey Theatre from 18-23 December, 2020. Presented by the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival, it was supported by Accenture and Dublin City Council. 

Cast 2019

Frank BlakeDerbhle CrottyKate GilmoreSeán McGinleyKathy Rose O’BrienEileen Walsh

Cast 2020

Peter CampionDerbhle CrottyKate GilmoreÚna KavanaghSeán McGinleyKathy Rose O’Brien


Written by Enda Walsh, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe, Stacey Gregg, Marina CarrDirected by Eoghan Carrick, Srđa Vasiljević


Theatre for One at Cork Midsummer Festival | 2019


★★★★★ 'bracing, thought-provoking and intimate-as-a-whisper'The Irish Times
★★★★★ 'performances of riveting openness … the six pieces become an urgent antidote to watching the world through the mediation of a small screen. Cumulatively, they create an exhilarating sense of aliveness.'The Guardian
'If live theatre is an intimate artform, this is like theatre distilled to its purest, most intense version and injected directly into the vein.'The Irish Times
Nominated Best EnsembleIrish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2019