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ANU and Landmark Productions

The Book of Names

written and directed by Louise Lowe
designed by Owen Boss


26 October – 13 November, 2021 | Extension to the run
29 September – 23 October, 2021 | As part of Dublin Theatre Festival

The Pumphouse, Dublin Port

On Demand | 18 – 23 October
Broadcast Performance | 7pm, 17 October

In Person | 75 minutes
On Demand | 90 minutes

Age Suitability | 16+

★ ★ ★ ★Riveting … enthralling … immersive’
The Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Compelling … highly ambitious … superb choreography
The Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★ ★one of the best experiences of this or any festival’
The Arts Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘a charged, immersive experience’
Irish Examiner

★ ★ ★ ★ hauntingly intimate … a fluent piece of documentary theatre, written and directed by Louise Lowe, that unfolds in the surreal ambience of a fever dream.

Financial Times



Two of Ireland’s leading theatre companies – ANU Productions and Landmark – collaborated for the first time, to present a hugely ambitious co-production that plots a singular path through one of the most secretive, contentious and turbulent times in Irish history.

Drawing on two 100-year old books – a unique historical ledger which documents in careful detail the names, ages and role of every employee in Dublin Port, and an intelligence dossier containing names and photographs of potential targets – The Book of Names tells a tale of espionage, high stakes and a deadly game of historical doublethink.

Supported by the Arts Council, Dublin Port and Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Image: Ros Kavanagh


Lewis Brophy
Harry Butler
Tony Doyle
Darragh Feehely
Etta Fusi
Úna Kavanagh
Michael Glenn Murphy
Robbie O’Connor
Jamie O’Neill
Thomas Reilly
Matthew Williamson


Written and directed by Louise Lowe
Design Owen Boss
Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shiels
Costume Design Jack Scullion
Music and Sound Philip Stewart

Producers: Lynnette Moran (ANU), Matt Smyth (ANU), Anne Clarke (Landmark)
Production Manager: Stephen Bourke 
Company Manager: Barbara Hughes
Stage Manager: Leanna Cuttle 
Assistant Stage Manager: Diarmuid O’Dwyer
Covid Officer: Morgan Steele
Chief LX: Eoin Lennon
Assistant Director: Samantha Cade
Costume assistant: Síle Mahon
Make-up and effects: Kevin Murnane 
Publicity Image: Pato Cassinoni
Production Photography: Ros Kavanagh
Voiceover: Éanna Hardwicke