Corn Exchange





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.  

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

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

The Corn Exchange are delighted to return to The Dublin Theatre Festival with a new show for The Gaiety Theatre with a new version of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, by Michael West and Annie Ryan. 

The teacher loves the housekeeper’s daughter, who loves the radical young artist, who loves the girl next door, who loves the famous writer, who is the lover of the great actress — who had an affair with the doctor, who the housekeeper still loves after all these years.

In the first of his great masterpieces, Chekhov sets this parade of unrequited love on a summer estate where, with a meticulous eye and unsentimental clarity, he exposes the ridiculousness of our longing. Here, the young clash with the old, the artists with the civil servants, and the traditional with the shock of the new.

This gender-bending new version for The Corn Exchange shows how deeply relevant, radically contemporary and exquisitely funny Chekhov remains. The Seagull is a wonderful celebration of love and art – a study of what we aspire to most and how easily we keep our happiness just out of reach. 

Book online at

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

April 2016 saw the end of our international tour of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing culminating in a triumphant run at The Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York and a stunning review by Ben Brantley in the New York Times. Many thanks to Culture Ireland, all our presenting venues and the incomparable Aoife Duffin.

This haunting work honors the hopelessness implicit in those questions. But, make no mistake, it leaves an indelible mark on the memory.

The New York Times

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

Annie Ryan's stage adaptation of Eimear McBride's novel has been published at Faber and Faber. Buy online here

Winner of numerous literary awards including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize, Eimear McBride's debut novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing plunges us into the psyche of a girl with breathtaking fury and intimacy.

“Unfinching…magnificent…The narrative transposes effortlessly to the stage, as if this is where it belongs.”

The Guardian