Lie Low

UK Premiere | Ciara Elizabeth Smyth & Prime Cut Productions by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
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Faye's afraid.

She's not sleeping, she doesn't trust ducks and all she's had to eat this week is a box of dry Rice Krispies.

Desperate to shake her insomnia, Faye enlists the help of her brother, Naoise, to try a form of exposure therapy. But Naoise has a devastating secret that's about to explode.

Lie Low is a wild, dark and hilarious new play, directed by Oisín Kearney, that offers a theatrical exploration into the human brain via the genitals.

Longlisted Popcorn Writing Award 2023

Lie Low is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image Credit: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Supported by the MAC and Lyric Theatre Belfast. Originally developed with the support of FRINGE LAB, Fishamble, The Mill Theatre and An Táin Arts Centre.

The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.


★★★★★ 'This outstanding Irish play deserves to set Edinburgh Festival Fringe alight' - The Irish Times

★★★★★ ‘Breathtakingly intense’ - The Arts Desk

★★★★ 'Buckets of theatrical verve' - The Irish Independent

★★★★ ‘Darkly comic, disorientating 70 minutes- The Telegraph

★★★★ 'McCurry gives an exceptional performance as Faye' - Broadway World

★★★★ ‘Funny, surreal and deeply unsettling’ - Fest Magazine

★★★★ 'Full of cultural wear and tear, Lie Low's humour throws light into dark places, making it easier to look where we might often look away' - The Arts Review

★★★★ ‘Disarmingly acute humour’ - Corr Blimey

★★★★ ‘An exceptional performance’ - Broadway World

★★★★‘A fitting testament to the existential contortions demanded of survivors who dare to ask for help’ - The Skinny

Longlisted Popcorn Writing Award 2023

Winner of Best Performer Award (Charlotte McCurry), Dublin Fringe Festival 2022
Nominated New Writing Award, Dublin Fringe Festival 2022
Nominated Best Actress (Charlotte McCurry), Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2022
Nominated Best New Play, Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2022

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  • PlaywrightCiara Elizabeth Smyth (she/her)
  • DirectorOisín Kearney (he/him)
  • Set and Lighting DesignerCiaran Bagnall (he/him)
  • Sound DesignerDenis Clohessy (he/him)
  • Movement Director & Intimacy Co-ordinatorPaula O'Reilly (she/her)
  • Combat DirectorPhilip Rafferty (he/him)
  • Charlotte McCurry (she/her)


  • Thomas Finnegan (he/him)


  • Michael Patrick


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