Lost Lear


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


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.

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.

For ages 14+ 

Lost Lear is co-produced by Riverbank Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre. Funded by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon and supported by Fishamble: The New Play Company’s New Play Clinic and Abbey Theatre’s ENGIEN ROOM

Premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival 2022 in Project Arts Centre

80 mins


Joy Venetia Bowe
Conor Peter Daly
Liam Manus Halligan
Ensemble Clodagh O’Farrell & Em Ormonde

Written by Dan Colley, with the company, after Shakespeare
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
Assistant Director Joy Nesbitt
Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Purcell
Chief LX Adrian Moylan
Chief AV Laura Rainsford
Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny
Graphic Design Sarah Moloney
Lead image Pato Cassinoni
Production Photography Ste Murray
Producer Matthew Smyth

Photos by Ste Murray