An Abbey Theatre and Solas Nua co-production

Distillation 2023

6 - 14 October 2023

Created by Luke Casserly

Booking Information

Dates: 6, 7, 13 & 14 October

Venue: Goethe Institut Irland

Times: 2pm, 5pm & 7pm

Running time: 50 minutes

Tickets: €18

Tickets are available to book here.

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

Distillation is a response to the recent cessation of the peat harvesting industry in Ireland. Over the past year, 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, with additional support from Goethe Institut Irland and IMMA. Developed through the support of an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. This work will be presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2023.

Watch 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
  • Stage Management: Lora Hartin
  • Artistic Documentation: Fergal Styles
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