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Lost Lear

by Dan Colley

Wed 15 Nov, 2023,
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Duration 80 mins (no interval)
Age guideline: 14+
This show contains references to dementia and Alzheimer's

Date Wed 15 Nov, 2023, 8pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
Price €18
A stylized collage depicting a person wearing a crown and surrounded by plants

All at once fast paced and thought-provoking, Lost Lear lands us into the world of Joy, a woman with dementia, who is being cared for through a method where people live inside an old memory.

Following the national and international tour of ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’, Dan Colley and his company have turned their sights on a very (very) loose adaptation of King Lear, examining the self and that part of us that's inaccessible to others.

“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” - King Lear, Act I Scene IV

Supported by the Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Fishamble: The New Play Company New Play Clinic.

Cast and Creative Team

Directed by Dan Colley

Composed by Daniel McAuley

Set Design: Andrew Clancy

Lighting Design: Suzie Cummins

Costume Design: Cherie White

Sound Design: Kevin Gleeson

AV design: Ross Ryder

Performed by Venetia Bowe, Peter Daly, Manus Halligan, Em Ormonde & Clodagh O'Farrell

Image: Pato Cassinoni / Graphic Design: Sarah Moloney

Duration 80 mins (no interval)

Age guideline: 14+

Contains strong themes including depiction of the experience of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

This is a relaxed performance. That means you should feel free to leave the auditorium if you want. You can come back to your seat when you're ready! It's ok to make noise, shuffle, cough, fidget or whisper if you need to. Ahead of the performance you can view the Familiarisation Guide.

You can find more info about accessibility on our website here.

If you have been affected by this material in any way, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland's National Helpline is available 6 days a week on 1800 341 341 or email


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