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+ 

Content advice: Please note that this performance contains strobe/flashing lights as well as the use of haze. For specific content advice, please see here.

★★★★★ 'a masterclass in subtle, unexpected detail' The Irish Times

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 was first presented as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2022 and was made with support from The Mill Theatre Dundrum, The MAC Belfast, An Táin Arts Centre Dundalk, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Paul Meade, Kelly Phelan, Evan Flynn, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fringe Lab and The Irish Theatre Institute.


'...a masterclass in subtle, unexpected detail'
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

'A polished production'
The Guardian

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

'Gripping entertainment'
No More Workhorse

'As entertaining as it is thought-provoking... Smyth's dialogue is crisp and immediate, and delivered with dramatic authenticity'
Sunday Independent

Digital Programme 

The digital programme is available to download here.


Production images 



  • Faye: Charlotte McCurry
  • Naoise: Michael Patrick
  • Duckman/Naoise: Thomas Finnegan
  • Voice over: Rory Nolan

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