Corn Exchange


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.  




Jan 17, 2018

We're Hiring!

After nearly 5 years our current Executive Producer Lucy Ryan is moving on. Corn Exchange is looking for a experienced, enthusiastic and committed person to take on this role and work directly with Annie and the Board to lead the company into it's next exciting stage. 

A full job description can be found here. Job Description – Executive Producer 

Closing date for entries is 8th February 2018 and interviews will be held on 19th February. 

Come play the style!


11 – 15 December 2017  

For professional performers – both new and experienced players welcome  

Leinster Cricket Club, Rathmines  

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm  

Whether coming for the first time or returning again to dive into the fat pads and wigs, this dynamic training will blow open your creative juices and stretch your acting skills to the hilt.  

Beginning with a nurturing yoga practice and blossoming into vocal, physical and ensemble play, this week invites you to explore the fullness of your acting chops.  

While demanding high expertise in character work, improvisation, physical embodiment, character image, the work endeavours to connect you deeply to your creative energy and open a channel for it to flow through this rather peculiar, high-energy form. And when it does, a kind of madness, humour and humanity emerges that will move, delight and possibly shock you – and, indeed, us all. 



Each morning begins with a gentle, grounding yoga practice, followed by voice and ensemble work. In the first day or two, we will establish principles of ensemble play and introduce some skill and vocabulary toward the style. From there, the group will progress into the full style,  creating characters images and improvising scenes accompanied by live percussion.  

An invaluable tool for performers, the style encourages fully embodied play with great bravery, compassion and rigour.


€230.00 for new players  

€200 for players that have come to a Corn Exchange Commedia workshop before (you know you want to!)


Email Annie your updated CV and headshot (or just latest news if I know you already) to by the Thursday, 23th of November (Happy Thanksgiving, the yanks).  

Please be aware that there is usually a high demand for places. 

Thank you!


From previous players on their experience of the work:    

“My experience as a company member has been essential to my development as a performer: I continue to be uniquely challenged and stretched by Annie’s demand for detail and total application.” Derbhle Crotty  

“Their commitment to and unique style of actor training and development, coupled with the immersive worlds of pure storytelling that they explore in their work were vital to my own creative evolution.” Mark O’Halloran  

“This technique creates amazing space for play; where the actor is invited to work in a world with endless possibilities and vast imagination while maintaining deep focus and clarity. It is rare that one learns so much while workshopping with a company and I have found their fundamental principles applicable to all of my subsequent endeavours as a performer.” Louise White  

“You provided a space of absolute love and fun and creativity and I am really grateful, personally and professionally. There are so many wonderful people in this city to play with and the workshop made me realise how important it is to meet up with one another and explore what we can do with a mountain of energy and a bit of make-up!” Carla Bredin  

“The work is specific, subversive and humane. It is exhilarating and challenging to explore as a performer and delightful to behold as a viewer.” Marian Quinn

Image: Frank Blake and Barry McKiernan as John-Michael and Michael-John in a devised Commedia show at the Lir

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Tickets are going fast for the last week of performances of Nora. Audiences are flocking to Project Arts Centre to watch Belinda McKeon and Annie Ryan's update on Ibsen's classic. The Reviews Hub called it " A vital, important and ultimately entertaining piece of theatre" giving it 4 stars and The Guardian enjoyed "McKeon's acute and witty character observations".

Avoid disappointment and click here to book your tickets.


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. 





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!

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