A Luke Casserly, Abbey Theatre and Solas Nua production


22 January - 10 February 2024

Created and Performed by Luke Casserly

Booking Information

Dates: 22 January – 10 February 2024

On the Peacock Stage

Times: Mon – Sat 5.30pm & 8 pm

Wed, Fri & Sat 1.30pm

Running time: 50 minutes

Tickets: €23 / €18 conc.


A performative journey which takes you to the Irish bog landscape through scent.

Following a sold out run as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in collaboration with Solas Nua in 2023, this exciting experience comes to the Abbey Theatre in January.

Distillation is a response to the recent cessation of the peat harvesting industry in Ireland. Luke Casserly has collaborated with renowned perfume maker Joan Woods to create a unique distillation of the Midlands bog – the place where he grew up – as the starting point for an olfactory encounter which looks at our human relationship to place.

Dedicated to the future of our broken landscapes – in the hope that by listening to them, we might be able to better understand them.

Commissioned by Solas Nua. Supported by Goethe-Institut Irland, and developed through the support of an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. This work premiered as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2023.


All of the senses are engaged: not just sight and hearing but also touch, smell and even taste.
The Irish Times

Genuinely inventive
Irish Examiner

This is a thought-provoking show, that stays in the mind long after, like the sweet woody smell of the bog perfume that lingers on the wrist
Irish Independent

Production Imagery 

Production images by Patricio Cassinoni

Digital Programme 

The digital programme is available to download here.

Watch Here 

An interview with Luke Casserly in The Irish Times by Bryan O’Brien


  • Created by: Luke Casserly
  • Perfume Artist: Joan Woods
  • Sculpture: Ger Clancy
  • Dramaturgy: Rex Daugherty
  • Costume: Doreen McKenna
  • Additional Costume: Síofra Caherty
  • Video: Robert Higgins
  • Sound: Sam Hardiman
  • Artistic Documentation: Fergal Styles
  • Production Photography: Patricio Cassinoni
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