Production History

 Carpet Theatre

Production History 

The Flood

Devised by Ciarán Taylor with Karl Quinn and Roger Gregg

 The Flood- Publicity

                                                                                                              Photo by  Cormac O'Connell. Karl Quinn performer, pictured

A live multi-sensory audio play in the dark. 

Work in progress presentation

3pm Sat 13 February 2016

dlr Lexicon Studio (new library), Dún Laoghaire 

Supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

An old man mops a leak in his kitchen all night. Delirious floods of memory and fantasy fill his head. Struggling to keep mind and body together, can he weather the storm and keep the flood at bay ‘til daybreak?

Close your eyes as this fascinating play in sound and music swirls around you, awakening all your senses.

(Full production planned for touring Autumn 2016)


Pierrot 2000's

Pierrot 2000's

' Carpet Theatre explode an engaging mix of music, vaudeville and slick physical comedy called Pierrot 2000’s. The pierrots of the title are white-clad, red-haired, po-faced Gin and Ger, who trade hats, punches and personalities with amazing dexterity, all to the strains of a plaintive button accordion.'

Irish Times June 2013

Supported by Dublin City Council

Pierrot 2000’s-a summertime showupdates the former seaside tradition of ‘Pierrot Troupes’  for a fresh outdoor classic physical comedy and music show. Commissioned by Mermaid Arts Centre Bray and performed at Family Day 2013, 15 Minutes Festival, Belfast Bray’s Arcadia Festival and Wicklow Arts Festival.


 Pigeon by Carpet Theatre

Karl Quinn in 'Pigeon' Photo: Emma Haugh

 'Pigeon is a play with masks, without words, but with a clear, satirical narrative for the times we live in…..The action is restlessly committed to a perpetual, mesmerising rhythm, played out in a compulsive nervy frenzy…a piece that is both riveting and unnerving.'

 Irish Theatre Magazine 31 May 2012

Funded by the Arts Council, co-produced with Mermaid Arts Centre, devised by Ciarán Taylor music by Steve Wickham, Mischa O’Mahony and Jack Cawley.


The Blanch


a grotesque bouffon comedy about shopping, toured to12 Irish venues in 2010/11 with support from The Arts Council. It was first performed at Draíocht, Blanchardstown November 2008. Commissioned by Fingal County Council it was based on observations at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. It also performed in Dublin Fringe Festival September 09 at Filmbase, Temple Bar, and Axis,Ballymun and was nominated for the best actor award.

‘fast, fun, frantic, vaguely menacing and all quite mad.’

Irish Theatre Magazine(4 Stars)

‘..clowns that have to be very, very good to be this bad.’

Irish Times (4 Stars)

‘..a very funny look at a familiar activity which it won't be easy to look at in the same way again.

(4 Stars) Irish Examiner 


Ferry Tales

was a devised site-specific performance with live music for Dublin Port Ferry Terminal  performed in June 2009, with support from Dublin Port. It was an adaptation of a work created for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Co. (see below). Carpet Theatre was highly commended in the Business to Arts Awards 2010 for Ferry Tales.


‘Excellent! Stuff like this makes Dublin better. Excellent use of a public space!’


Wonderful. funny, sad and moving; amazed and entertained. -Audience survey


50 Ways to Leave Dún Laoghaire

was created by Ciarán Taylor with Carpet Theatre as part of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s Place and Identity programme of Per Cent for Art commissions in July 2008. It was a very successful site-specific performance in Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal. Exploring themes of departure and return and our complex relations with Britain, it featured a live score.

 ‘Brilliant, thought-provoking, observant, touching, funny...

- Audience survey comments


 Wexford Firestation Tour (Feb 08)

a site-specific commission for Wexford Co. Co. explored the experience of fire fighters through movement and music.


‘An accomplished production that should be seen in every fire station in the country- Irish Examiner


Two for Dinner for Two

Carpet Theatre Photo

 toured Ireland, Bulgaria and Romania in October –November 2007 with the support of Culture Ireland. It is a movement play for two actors and two musicians in collaboration with Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble. It was performed at Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire, in a real kitchen for a community audience and then at Project Arts Centre in 2007. A Dublin City Council commission with Arts Council Projects support, it featured live music and cooking.

 ‘Two for Dinner for Two is devised physical theatre at its best.’

 Irish Examiner



a double-bill of quirky Welsh plays, co-produced with Lupa Theatre Co. (Wales) and Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire, was directed by Ciarán Taylor at Pavilion, and toured to Aberystwyth,Bangor andCardiff in November 2007, with support from CCAT and CultureIreland.

 The stripped-down aesthetic is countered by Ciarán Taylor’s highly physical directing’  -The Guardian


Hyde and Jekyll

 an original devised play was a sell-out success of Dublin Fringe 2003 and toured to Limerick Unfringed Festival in February 2004, and Prague Fringe in June 2004 with support from the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism for Ireland 2004 Presidency of the European Union.

 ‘fine piece of movement theatre...inventive, intelligent and visually compelling.’ ****Irish Times


 Bridie and Violet’s Visiting Hour

 an ambulatory mask show for hospitals visited Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, Wales with support from CCAT, Nov 04. It was also performed at Clonmel Hospital as part of the Junction 04 Festival.


Spellbound / Faoi Gheasa

was devised by BDNC Theatre in a co-production with The Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire, and performed at Dublin Fringe Festival 04.

 ‘..the parade of freakish characters carries a comic punch. In his effective direction, Taylor has the actors swing  the table and chairs through the air and fall around in a dream like fashion... ’                 Irish Theatre Magazine



 a character mask play without words, devised by the company in 2002/3, and inspired by the writings of Flann O’Brien, was unique in Ireland. It premiered at Project and toured to Dun Laoghaire, Tallaght,Sligo and Colraine.

 ‘The innovative BDNC Theatre...with interpretative precision...offers accurate observations on the mundane, generating the laughter of recognition’  Irish Times


Haunted :Please Keep this Room Clean and Tidy

an installation mask performance during Dublin Fringe 2003 was commissioned by the City Arts Centre,Dublin.