Theatre for One: Public Call-Out

Theatre for One: Public Call-Out

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: Public Call-Out

by Marina Carr, Stacey Gregg, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe, Enda WalshLandmark Productions and Octopus Theatricals


Ever wanted to write a short play?
Your 5-minute play could be produced as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2024! Full details here.

In June 2019, six of Ireland’s leading playwrights presented original 5-minute plays performed by one actor for one audience member.

When it premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival in 2019 , Theatre for One played to 5-star reviews across the board, and audiences queued outside the Cork Opera House – sometimes for hours – to experience live theatre in an intimate setting.

Produced by Landmark Productions and Octopus Theatricals, this performance takes place in a specially-designed, state-of-the-art theatre booth, for one actor and one audience member at a time. It was conceived and created by the Olivier award-winning designer Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects.

Featuring short plays by six of Ireland’s leading writers – Marina Carr, Stacey Gregg, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe and Enda Walsh – Theatre for One is part peep-show booth, part confessional, and completely visceral. And it’s free.

In December 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Government approved a limited run of Theatre for One at the Abbey Theatre from 18-23 December, 2020. The original run, due to take place as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in the Autumn, was postponed due to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions. Presented by the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival and supported by Accenture and Dublin City Council.

The six plays are:

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
Cave by Enda Walsh

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