Corn Exchange


Get on up!


10 – 14 December 2018  

For professional performers – Experienced and new 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 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 

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

Thank you!

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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

Sep 12, 2018

The Misfits

The Misfits 

By Arthur Miller

Reimagined for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan

A woman walks into a bar. She has just freed herself from an unhappy marriage and needs a drink.

It’s a rundown saloon on the outskirts of a desert town in the American West. There’s no work. At least, not much worth doing for a man. Those days are long gone.

It’s hot, dry, a place of few words, little growth – an abyss. But the open sky still offers the same promise that it always had, and the men here are clinging to a dying dream of

GUIDO: It looks like she left him. The husband. But maybe he caught her knockin’ around, huh? She sure moves, doesn’t she?

GAY: Yeah. She’s real prime.

In this dynamic reimagining, Corn Exchange's Artistic Director Annie Ryan, accompanied by a dynamic all-female creative and technical team, brings Miller’s text to the stage for the first time. 

Cutting from his novella as well as drawing from his initial impulse from his short story, this adaptation sets the story of the classic film firmly in the world of America today, examining the promise of the American Dream and the longing and rage it continues to foster in men with breathtaking contemporary resonance.


Over the past two years, The Corn Exchange has worked closely with nine other Irish Theatre organisations to both identify, and strive to redress, practices of gender inequality across the sector.

To this end, we are delighted to publish our Gender Equality Policy to coincide with the “Gender Equality in Practice” event which Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD will launch at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art today.

The ten organisations are The Abbey Theatre, Cork Midsummer Festival, Corn Exchange Theatre Company, Druid Theatre, Everyman Palace Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company, The Gate Theatre, The Lir Academy and Rough Magic Theatre Company.

Our Gender Equality Policy can be found here

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. 

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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