A performative journey that takes you to the Irish bog landscape through scent. There will be two performances on Thursday and one on Friday. You MUST book tickets ahead of time, online or call the museum, because seating is limited. Due to the intimate nature of the show and the small audience size, we are not able to accommodate any late seating.

Written and performed by Luke Casserly. Purchase tickets here. You must choose your date and time.

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 which 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

Distillation premiered as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2023. A co-production by Solas Nua & Abbey Theatre, commissioned by Solas Nua in Washington DC. Supported by Goethe-Institut Irland, with additional development support by IMMA, Druid FUEL, Axis Ballymun, and Backstage Theatre. Developed with the support of an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. Generously supported by Culture Ireland.


Creator: Luke Casserly
Perfume: Joan Woods
Sculpture: Ger Clancy
Dramaturgy: Rex Daugherty
Costume: Doreen McKenna
Additional Costume: Síofra Caherty
Video: Robert Higgins
Sound: Sam Hardiman
Stage Management: Grace Carter
Artistic Documentation: Fergal Styles
Production Photography: Patricio Cassinoni