A Ciara Elizabeth Smyth and Prime Cut Productions co-production presented by the Abbey Theatre

Lie Low

17 - 29 July 2023

Written by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Directed by Oisín Kearney

Booking Information

Dates: 17 – 29 July

on the Peacock stage

Preview: 17 July

Times: 8pm

Tickets:  €18 – €25 / €13 – €20 Conc. 

Duration: 70 minutes

Age recommendation: 16+ 

Faye's afraid. She's not sleeping, she doesn't trust ducks and all she's had to eat this week is a box of dry Rice Krispies.

A doctor recommends a form of exposure therapy, so Faye enlists the help of her brother, Naoise. But Naoise has a devastating secret that’s about to explode.

Written by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth, Lie Low received critical acclaim on its premiere at the 2022 Dublin Fringe Festival – Charlotte McCurry won the Best Performer Award, and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth was nominated for the Best New Writing Award. Described as “a masterclass” (The Arts Review), Lie Low is a dark, funny, and surreal theatrical exploration into the human brain.



'Lie Low plays with boundaries and it does so with care and intelligence. Ciara Elizabeth Smyth's sharp writing is complemented by simple yet effective design....a breathless and relentless tension that is sustained by McCurry’s and Patrick's powerfully physical performances'
The Irish Times

'Hilarious because it's not funny. Funny because it's so serious. A masterclass in how to make the incredible credible in what may prove to be one of the standout performances of the festival'
The Arts Review

'Humour wielded as a weapon against trauma... a gem'
Irish Independent

'Gripping entertainment'
No More Workhorse

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  • Faye: Charlotte McCurry
  • Naoise: Michael Patrick
  • Duckman/Naoise: Thomas Finnegan
  • Voice over: Rory Nolan
  • Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth  
  • Director: Oisín Kearney  
  • Set and Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall 
  • Sound Designer: Denis Clohessy 
  • Movement Director and Intimacy Co-ordinator: Paula O'Reilly
  • Combat Director: Phillip Rafferty
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