Theatre for One

Cork Opera House Plaza, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork
18–23 June 2019

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin
28 September–10 October 2020

Theatre for One

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

Presented by the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival
supported by Accenture and Dublin City Council

Six of Ireland’s leading playwrights present original 5-minute plays performed by one actor for one audience member.

When it premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival last summer, 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. Now, with the support of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, and in partnership with Accenture and Dublin City Council, this unique experience is coming to Dublin.

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, Theatre for One will be located in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. It’s part peep-show booth, part confessional, and completely visceral. And it’s free.

Audience members can be assured that performances will be presented within government guidelines.

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


Tickets: Free but ticketed. Max 2 tickets per person.
Dates: 28 Sept-3 Oct & 5-10 Oct, 11am- 2pm, 3pm-6pm & 7pm-10pm
Duration: Approx 5 minutes

The European premiere of Theatre for One took place as part of Cork Midsummer Festival, with the support of Cork Opera House, in June 2019.


Frank BlakeDerbhle CrottyKate GilmoreSeán McGinleyKathy Rose O’BrienEileen Walsh

CAST 2020

Fiona BellPeter CampionKate GilmoreUna 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


★★★★★ '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


Theatre for One at Cork Midsummer Festival | 2019