Corn Exchange


Apr 03, 2018

Spring Awakening!

April 16th to 19th April 2018 

10am to 5pm Monday through Thursday 

Led by Annie Ryan with special guest teachers including Lou Horgan, Máirín O'Grady,  Helena Walsh and Kate Hilder

Leinster Cricket Club, Rathmines  


It’s Spring – just about! Everywhere in nature, the energy that has been contained within all winter is about to spiral outward and manifest itself.  

This four-day is workshop invites performers as well as artists, writers and makers across disciplines to slow down for a moment and take some time to listen inward and discover what energies and ideas might be awakening within you.  

Mixing yoga, meditation, Feldenkrais, voice work, movement technique and ensemble improvisation and play, this is a rare opportunity to explore the power of your awareness, the joy of play and your artistic intention as its unfolding.  

No previous experience of yoga, the Feldenkrais Method or improvisation is necessary to enroll for this course.   

Email Annie at with an updated CV or short description of what you do.  




Corn Exchange are thrilled to announce that we will be performing at Dublin Theatre Festival in September with a world premiere of a new version of Ibsen's classic A Doll's House by Belinda McKeon in collaboration with Annie Ryan and directed by Corn Exchange's associate director Eoghan Carrick. 

It’s 2025. A dangerous world for those who can’t afford to protect themselves.

This house keeps safe a marriage, a partnership, a life of success and ease, a priceless collection and a daughter who has lacked for nothing; things seem perfect as a power couple prepares for a glitzy party among the art-world elite.

But when the secret upon which this life is built threatens to push through the polished surface, questions about what is real and what is not can no longer be ignored.

Inspired by Ibsen’s masterpiece, award-winning writer Belinda McKeon reimagines this exploration of honesty and power for a post-truth world.

Previewing Mermaid Theatre, Bray 21st – 23rd September 

World Premiere – Dublin Theatre Festival 27th September - 8th October 

Cast includes Venetia Bowe, Clare Perkins and Annie Ryan. Further casting will be announced in the coming weeks. 


If you missed the production during it's run at The Abbey Theatre, we're delighted to announce that the show will be coming to The Galway International Arts festival from 25th - 30th July 2017. You can find more details and a link to the booking page if you click on the button below. 


Come Play the Style 

Ensemble Improvisation and Commedia Dell'Art

With Annie Ryan

24 – 28 April 2017 

for Professional Performers

Both New and Experienced Players welcome

Bowls Pavillion, Leinster Cricket Club, Rathmines

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

Fee €230.00

This dynamic training will awaken your creativity and stretch your acting skills to the hilt.

Annie Ryan, through The Corn Exchange, has been honing the technique for over 20 years into a unique style and valued practice in Dublin. Within a nurturing, supportive environment, this work demands high expertise in stills including character work, physical embodiment, creation of character image, make-up masks and acting.

While “The Style” is undoubtedly hugely challenging, it is also really really fun. While the deeper work is about creating a solid foundation within yourself as a performer to create a clear open channel for your creative energy, a level of madness and cheap gags in this work is pretty much unparalled.

For more information about how to apply please click on our Workshop tab above.  

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Have you got your tickets yet? 

Dublin by Lamplight is selling fast and due to close at The Abbey Theatre on Saturday 1st April. 

Come see the show that received a rave 5 star review from The Irish Times and The Examiner which the Irish Independent called "Hilarious". 

With stellar performances from Colin Campell, Karen Egan, Caitríona Ennis, Louis Lovett, Gus McDonagh and Paul Reid and live music by Conor Linehan. The show is not to be missed. 

Book now to avoid disappointment

Find out more here Dublin By Lamplight 2017

Mar 02, 2017

Coming Soon!

We're so excited to be bringing Dublin by Lamplight to its spiritual home on The Abbey stage. 

An instant hit when it first opened in 2004 this hugely entertaining and anarchic production is our much loved alternative version of the founding of a National Theatre. 

Amidst the filth and fury of Dublin 1904, the theatrical event of the century is about to explode! Will the Irish National Theatre of Ireland seize it's chance of glory? 

This is a night to change a nation's destiny! Unless it all goes horribly wrong...... 

Tickets are selling fast for this strictly limited run and you can book yours here

Check out these great portraits of our cast; 

 Louis Lovett as Willie Hayes 

Karen Egan as Eva St John

Paul Reid as Martyn Wallace 

Caitríona Ennis as Maggie 

Gus McDonagh as Frank

Colin Campbell as Jimmy


We're delighted to announce the full cast of Dublin by Lamplight which we will present at The Abbey Theatre as part of the new season from 18th March. 

Joining original cast members Louis Lovett, Karen Egan and Paul Reid are Gus McDonagh, Colin Campbell and Catriona Ennis. 

Gus appeared in our production of Dubliners in 2012 and Colin appeared in Through A Glass Darkly in 2015 and we are delighted to be working with Catriona Ennis for the first time. 

€10 Early bird tickets are available till 7th February so get booking!

Photography by Fiona Morgan

Photography by Fiona Morgan

Looking for office space? Corn Exchange have a small writer's room available for €150 a month (bills inclusive). 

The room has it's own key, is equipped with desk, wi-fi, shelving and a small amount of storage. The building has 24/7 access, communal kitchen and use of a meeting room when needed. 

Located on Grand Canal beside Leeson Street Bridge, it's a 5 minute walk to St. Stephens Green. 

Please email for more info. 

Photo by Paul McCarthy

Photo by Paul McCarthy

We are thrilled to announce the return of our much loved production of Dublin by Lamplight to The Abbey Theatre in March 2017.

Amidst the filth and fury of 1904 Dublin, the theatrical event of the century is about to explode!

Fading stars, rebels, whores and romantics irreverently expose the strange and lurid world of Dublin by Lamplight.

An instant hit when it first opened in 2004, this hugely entertaining and anarchic production is a night to change a nation’s destiny! Unless it all goes horribly wrong...

Booking opens on the 2nd December 2016.

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

We were thrilled with the reception to The Seagull at The Gaiety Theatre in October as part of DTF16.

We had such a positive response from critics and audiences alike.

This new version of The Seagull by Annie and Michael West shows how deeply relevant, radically contemporary and exquisitely funny Chekhov remains. Here, the young clash with the old, the artists with the civil servants, and the traditional with the shock of the new. 

Nina & Trigorin

Observing her character’s devotion to Trigorin (Rory Keenan), Genevieve Hulme-Beaman (Nina) quoted Chekhov: “If ever my life can be of use to you, come and take it.”

Trigorin & Arcadia

As Trigorin, the great writer and philanderer Rory Keenan commented on his character’s complicated relationship with Arkadina (Derbhle Crotty): “…happy to be by her side, but faraway girls are greener.”

Arkadia & Sorin

Derbhle Crotty and Stephen Brennan star as Arkadina and Sorin; the famous actress and her loving brother. Reflecting on the relationship between the two characters, Stephen commented that Arkadina “sparkles and shines as best she can, her fading star hopelessly trying to illuminate our shared darkness.” 

Constance & Nina

Jane McGrath and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman star as Constance and Nina, the artist and her muse.

Reflecting on her character, Jane commented that this photo "represents the fear of what it’s like to be alone completely…the only way to fix this is true love... "

Wittily and poignantly realised – in love, in life and in art , it’s all an act.

The Irish Times

A riotous tour de force

The Sunday Independent

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