A Landmark Productions and Abbey Theatre co-production

Audrey or Sorrow

23 February - 30 March 2024

Written by Marina Carr

Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin

Booking Information

Dates: 23 February 2024 – 30 March 2024
On the Abbey stage 

Times: Mon – Sat 7:30pm, Sat matinees 2pm

Midweek matinee Wed 20 March 2pm

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval

Tickets:  €15 – €45

Age recommendation: 14+ 

Content advice: This production contains potentially challenging content. If you have any concerns, please read the specific show content advice here.

Sign language interpreted performance: Friday 22 March, 7:30pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 23 March, 12:15pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 23 March, 2:00pm

A story of badly-behaved ghosts. And a dangerous sea.

In an old house somewhere in Ireland, a young mother watches over her sleeping baby. But, in Marina Carr’s dark and dangerously funny new play, Audrey or Sorrow, nothing is as it seems.

Audrey or Sorrow will bring audiences on a shape-shifting, time-bending deep dive into a world of family secrets, unimaginable loss, ghosts behaving badly and the endless pull of the sea.

The play exemplifies Marina Carr’s work to date: storytelling that tunnels deeply into the complicated contours of family dynamics; pushing the boundaries of love, power and desire.

It will be the first of two world premieres of work by Carr, marking her 60th birthday and her third year as the Abbey Theatre’s Senior Associate Playwright. Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin, this co-production also celebrates Landmark Productions’ 20th anniversary.



'A startling new play... a bravura production'
The Irish Times

'An absorbing journey'
Irish Mail on Sunday

'A masterclass of ensemble dramatic writing'
Irish Examiner

Sunday Independent

'A highwire act... there was so much to admire and love in this fizzing theatrical world'
Irish Independent

Show Trailer 

Audience Reactions 

Production Images 

Images: Ros Kavanagh

Cast Interviews 

Rehearsal Imagery 

Images: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Teaser Trailer 

Meet the Cast 


  • Written by: Marina Carr
  • Directed by: Caitríona McLaughlin
  • Set Designer: Jamie Vartan
  • Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
  • Lighting Designer: Sinéad Wallace
  • Sound Designer and Composer: Sinéad Diskin
  • Movement Director: Sue Mythen
  • Associate Director and Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Assistant Director: John King
  • Casting Director: Sarah Jones
  • Hair and Make-Up: Tee Elliott
  • Maria: Zara Devlin
  • Purley: Nick Dunning
  • Mac: Anna Healy
  • David: Patrick Martins
  • Grass: Marie Mullen
  • Mother: Aislín McGuckin
  • Audrey: Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Father: Howard Teale

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