Distillation - Dublin Theatre Festival

Luke Casserly holding foliage

Dublin Theatre Festival presents:


by Luke Casserly 

co-produced by Abbey Theatre and Solas Nua

commissioned by Solas Nua

The show ran from October 6th to 14th, 2023 at the Goethe-Institut Irland.

50 mins., no interval

6, 7, 13 & 14 Oct.

2pm, 5pm & 7pm

For ages 12+



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.

Created by Luke Casserly
Perfume by Joan Woods
Sculpture by Ger Clancy
Video by Robert Higgins
Dramaturgy by Rex Daugherty
Costume by Doreen McKenna
Additional Costume by Síofra Caherty


Coproduction: Abbey Theatre and Solas Nua. Commissioned by Solas Nua.

Supported by Goethe-Institut Irland and IMMA. Developed with the support of the Druid FUEL Programme

Developed through the support of an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.