Distillation - Lime Tree Theatre


A Luke Casserly, Abbey Theatre, and Solas Nua Production


A performative journey which 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 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 presentation of Distillation follows a critically and popularly successful, sold-out world premiere as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2023, in addition to a North American tour which took place in 2024.

As an artist from the Midlands, Luke was inspired to make the piece as a way of stretching out further conversations around the environmental potential of the Irish bog landscape. The perfume featured as part of the performance has been designed by Joan Woods (Waters + Wild Organic Perfumery), who has collected and distilled botanicals from the Midlands landscape as part of the creative process.

Each audience member will receive a small sample of the custom-made perfume as part of the performance, and will be seated around a large sculptural table which is composed out of sustainably-sourced peat from the Irish Midlands.


  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
  • Free parking available for patrons, please arrive early. If the carpark barriers are down on arrival, they will be lifted after the show.
  • Disability and bus parking on campus.

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