by Margaret Perry
Ellie Keel Productions in association with Bush Theatre. Originally co-produced with HighTide.
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05 Feb to 14 Mar

‘Collapsible is unequivocally, an outstanding piece of theatre.’ (A Younger Theatre)

Essie’s lost her job. Her girlfriend’s left. But she’s alright. Except lately she feels more like a chair than a person. One of those folding chairs. Solid one minute. And then.

From award-winning Irish writer Margaret Perry (Porcelain, Abbey Theatre), Collapsible is the hilarious, multi award-winning new play about holding on in this collapsing world, starring the “mesmeric” (Guardian) Breffni Holahan. For anyone who has ever felt crumbly.

Winner of the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at VAULT Festival 2019, The Stage Edinburgh Award, Best Performer at Dublin Fringe (Breffni Holahan) and Fishamble New Writing Award at Dublin Fringe.

 ‘An outstanding piece of theatre.’
A Younger Theatre ★★★★★
‘A modern Beckettian cry for help.’
Guardian ★★★★
‘Luminescent and often startling’
The Stage ★★★★

Times & Prices



05 February - 14 MarchFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Access: From £10
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £10
  • Wheelchair User: From £10
  • Senior Citizens: From £15

Wednesday Matinees

12, 19, 26 February and 4, 11 MarchFrom £10

  • Adult: From £15
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £12.50
  • Access: From £12.50
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £12.50
  • Wheelchair User: From £10
  • Senior Citizens: From £15

Saturday Matinees

15, 22, 29 February and 7, 14 MarchFrom £10

  • Adult: From £15
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £12.50
  • Access: From £12.50
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £12.50
  • Wheelchair User: From £10
  • Senior Citizens: From £15

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Post-Show Q&A: Thu 13 Feb

Ask cast and creatives about the creation and performance of Collapsible after the show. Free to ticket holders on the night.

Access details

Audio Described Introductory Notes

Sat 7 Mar at 2.45pm. A recorded introduction describing the set and costumes will be available 15 minutes before the show begins.

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Breffni Holahan
Breffni Holahan’s recent theatre credits include Collapsible (Ellie Keel Productions), for which she was awarded The Stage Edinburgh Award for Acting Excellence 2019 and Best Performer at Dublin Fringe 2019, Drama at Inish (director Cal McCrystal for The Abbey Theatre), Chekhov’s First Play (Dead Centre at Battersea Arts Centre), Everything Not Saved and LOVE+ (both Breffni’s own co-devised work with her company MALAPROP at New Diorama Theatre and HOME), and Nina’s Got News (Frank Skinner for BBC and Avalon). Other theatre credits include work with Collapsing Horse, Brokentalkers, Anu Productions, Rough Magic, and THEATREclub. Her recent screen credits include Vikings (MGM for The History Channel), The Racer (Blinder Films), and Everything Not Saved (RTE).

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