Lie Low

Ciara Elizabeth Smyth & Prime Cut Productions by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Wed 12 - Sat 15 Jun, 8PM

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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. A doctor recommends a form of exposure therapy, so Faye enlists the help of her brother, Naoise. But Naoise has a devastating secret that's about to explode.

Lie Low is the award-winning, critically acclaimed dark, funny and surreal new play by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth described by critics as “a masterclass, the standout performance” and “gripping entertainment”.

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

Image Credit: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

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

If you are impacted by the themes or subject matter explored within Lie Low, please expand here for support resources.

Samaritans Edinburgh helpline: 116 123

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre helpline: 08088 01 03 02


★★★★★ '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

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

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

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

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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  • WriterCiara Elizabeth Smyth (she/her)
  • DirectorOisín Kearney (he/him)
  • Set & Lighting DesignCiaran Bagnall (he/him)
  • Sound DesignDenis Clohessy (he/him)
  • Movement Direction and Intimacy Co-ordinatorPaula O'Reilly (she/her)
  • Combat DirectionPhilip Rafferty (he/him)
  • VoiceoverRory Nolan (he/him)
  • Charlotte McCurry (she/her)


  • Thomas Finnegan (he/him)


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