Distillation by Luke Casserly

Distillation prod image-Luke holding moss

A Solas Nua, Abbey Theatre, and Luke Casserly Production: 



Commissioned by Solas Nua

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19 

4545 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 6:30pm

Saturday & Sunday - 2pm; 5pm; 7pm

Please note - Due to the intimate nature of the show and the small audience size, we are not able to accommodate any late seating.

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Multi-disciplinary artist Luke Casserly during Distillation show.


"This ode to our landscape will give you a new perspective on Ireland’s bogs. 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



A performative journey that 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.

Generously supported by Culture Ireland.

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Distillation prod photo - luke holding soil
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Production images by Patricio Cassinoni

Following a sold out run as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in collaboration with the Abbey Theatre in 2023, this exciting experience traveled to the Peacock Stage in Abbey Theatre during early 2024, and now returns to Washington, D.C. where it was originally crafted as part of Solas Nua’s 2023 Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award; comprised of a six-week residency at STABLE Arts.

Solas Nua is thrilled to be back at Eaton DC, where we previously performed The Smuggler (NY Times “Best theatre of the year”) and our ground-breaking theatre-listening experience, One Moment Now. Eaton DC, listed by Time Magazine as “One of the World’s Greatest Places”  is delighted to offer Solas Nua patrons a special rate on hotel rooms.

***Use the code NHOUSE for 20% discount on Eaton DC hotel room reservations. (promo code can be applied at eatonworkshop.com).***

Created by Luke Casserly

Perfume by Joan Woods

Sculpture by Ger Clancy

Dramaturgy by Rex Daugherty

Costume by Doreen McKenna

Additional Costume by Síofra Caherty

Video by Robert Higgins

Sound by Sam Hardiman

Stage Management by Grace Carter

Artistic Documentation by Fergal Styles

Production Photography by Patricio Cassinoni

Distillation premiered as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2023. A co-production by Solas Nua & Abbey Theatre, commissioned by Solas Nua. Supported by Goethe-Institut Irland, with additional development support by IMMA, Druid FUEL, Axis Ballymun, and Backstage Theatre’s Activate Residency programme. Developed through the support of an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.

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