A Luke Casserly, Solas Nua and Abbey Theatre production


$25—56 (inclusive of fees) 50 minutes

Jun 7, 2024 – Jun 9, 2024



Irish Arts Center
726 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019


Written and performed by Luke Casserly

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 that 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.

"This ode to our landscape will give you a new perspective on Ireland’s bogs. All of the senses are engaged: not just sight and hearing but also touch, smell and even taste."—THE IRISH TIMES

Created by Luke Casserly
Perfume by Joan Woods
Sculpture by Ger Clancy
Dramaturgy by Rex Daugherty
Costume by Doreen McKenna
Additional Costume by Síofra Caherty
Video by Robert Higgins
Sound by Sam Hardiman
Artistic Documentation by Fergal Styles
Production Photography by Patricio Cassinoni

This event will take place in the Irish Arts Center Library.

Commissioned by Solas Nua in Washington, D.C. Supported by Goethe-Institut Irland and Dublin Theatre Festival. Developed through the support of an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.

Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland.





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