An Abbey Theatre and Old Vic Production

No's Knife

10 - 17 June 2017

Booking Information

Dates: 10 – 17 June
On the Abbey Stage

Preview: 10 June

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €25

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 266

No’s Knife is a selection of Samuel Beckett’s Texts for Nothing Conceived and performed by Lisa Dwan

Following its world premiere at The Old Vic in London, the astonishing No’s Knife opens for a limited run only.

“Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it’s me?”

A lone figure. A voice searching in the dark for who it is and why it speaks. Lisa Dwan offers a searing personal and political vision of Beckett’s most original work: Texts for Nothing.

Filled with piercing insight, rage, wit and humour, No’s Knife is an extraordinary journey into the heart of Beckett, unlocking his contemporary relevance to gender, identity and the human condition. It is an invitation to look at ourselves, and to ask who, or whom, am I?

No’s Knife was developed and performed as part of the White Light Festival 2015 presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


'a remarkably vigorous feat of vocal virtuosity'
The Independent

'the foremost dedicated female interpreter of Beckett'
The Financial Times



  • Lighting Designer: Tim van't Hof
  • Performer and Co-Director: Lisa Dwan
  • Original Co-Director: Joe Murphy
  • Designer: Christopher Oram
  • Lighting: Hugh Vanstone
  • Sound: Mic Pool
  • Video: Andrzej Goulding
  • Movement: Lucy Hind
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