Josephine K
The Abbey Theatre presents Stacey Gregg’s newest play
11 – 21 October 2017

The Abbey Theatre presents Stacey Gregg’s new play Josephine K and the Algorithms on the Peacock Stage as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival this year from 11 – 21 October 2017.

Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Guarantee, Pure Mule) plays the lead role of JosephineK alongside Carl Kennedy who is also Sound Designer. Caitríona McLaughlin, Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre, directs.

Writer of Scorch (Best New Play, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015) and Shibboleth, Stacey Gregg’s newest play is an unsettling foray into the age of big data and tech-intrusion.

A contemporary riff on Kafka’s The Trial, Josephine K is on trial but can’t find out why. Everyone else seems to know something, but they’re all super nice, so it can’t be that bad, right?

Stacey Gregg’s work often highlights advancing technological frontiers  –  Josephine K and the Algorithms is an experimental interrogation of  how everyday life is interrupted and disrupted by the increasing role of technology and data mining in society.

Booking is now open for all dates at

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Writer: Stacey Gregg
Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
Cast: Orla Fitzgerald and Carl Kennedy
Set and Costume Designer: Kate Moylan
Sound Designer: Carl Kennedy
Lighting Designer: John Crudden


Booking Information:
Venue: Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage, Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Dates:  11 – 21 October 2017
Preview: 11, 12 October 2017
Times: Mon – Sat at 8pm
Tickets: €18 – €25 / Conc. €16 – €20
Abbey Theatre Booking:
Dublin Theatre Festival Booking:
Duration: Approximately 50 mins with no interval


Caitríona McLaughlin is Associate Director at the Abbey Theatre where she has directed Two Pints, RUR – Rossum’s Universal Robots (National Youth Theatre) and Monsters, Dinosaurs, Ghosts. Other work includes Autumn Royal (Everyman, Cork), Riders to the Sea (Wexford Festival Opera), The Crucible (Arcola Theatre), She Knit the Roof (Earagail Arts Festival), Luck Just Kissed You Hello(Galway International Arts Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival), Killers and Other Family, Obie award winner 2014 (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York), Irish Blood, English Heart (Trafalgar Studios, London), Mozart at Freemasons, (Royal Irish Academy of Music), Crows on the Wire (Verbal Arts Centre, Derry), Bunny’s Vendetta and The Recruiting Officer (Blue Eagle Productions), The Factory Girls (Millennium Forum Theatre), The Wild Duck and Judgement Day (Bard Summerscape, New York), On the Subject of Love, Twinkletoes, Romeo and Juliet and Still, the Blackbird Sings(Playhouse Theatre, Derry), A Dinner Engagement (Wexford Festival Opera), Bottom of the World(Atlantic Theatre Company, New York), The Shadow Box (Southwark Playhouse, London), The Importance of Being Earnest, (Thorndyke Theatre) and Masks and Faces and Frank Pig says Hello(Finborough Theatre, London).

Stacey Gregg is an award winning playwright whose work at the Abbey Theatre includes Shibboleth (2015), Perve (2011, BBC Radio Drama Award winner 2012) and When Cows Go Boom (2008). She won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play 2015 for Scorch. Her play Birth also runs as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2017. Further theatre work includes Birth (Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Southbank Centre), Lights Out (Royal Court’s The Site season), Override (Palace Theatre Watford and Dublin Fringe Festival 2016), and as a performer, Moth (The Bush/Hightide), Pussy Riot (The Bush/Southbank Centre) Everything Between Us (Rough Magic) and part of the 5×5 series (Young Vic). She created Thunderhead, a sound installation for the Royal Court and Violet, an interactive web installation for CRASSH, and Inside Bitch for Clean Break with live artist Deborah Pearson, working with women who have experience of the criminal justice system.

 Abbey Theatre

Inspired by the revolutionary ideals of its founders and its rich canon of Irish dramatic writing, the Abbey Theatre’s mission is to imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous and new theatre in all its forms. The Abbey Theatre commits to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story, in English and in Irish, and affirms that it is a theatre for the entire island of Ireland and for all its people. In every endeavour, the Abbey Theatre promotes inclusiveness, diversity and equality.

The Abbey Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon