The Pupil has come for her lesson. Her exams are in 3 weeks…
The Professor has a lesson plan, but the Maid doesn’t like it.
As the Pupil asks the big questions, the lesson begins to unravel and the pair get locked in a battle of wits and teeth.
Daniel Reardon stars as the Professor who takes the lesson too far.
Written in 1951 by Eugene Ionesco (Rhinoceros, The Chairs) The Lesson is a classic of absurdist theatre. This dark classroom comedy asks us to question everything, and believe nothing… or does it?
Post-Show Discussion, Thursday 16 May
Every day is a school day: What can we learn from The Lesson?
Join us after the show on Thursday, 16 May, for a lively discussion on the nature of the teacher-pupil dynamic, and what 'lessons' we can learn from Ionesco's play.
A panel featuring director Zoe Ní Ríordáin, cast members Daniel Reardon and Lisa Walsh, and Professor Nick Johnson of Trinity College Dublin will be chaired by Christopher Collins, Trinity College Dublin professor and dramaturg for The Lesson, will provoke discussion and debate, while asking the audience for their own experiences and memories of school - and of course, bad teachers.
Entry to this post-show discussion is free with tickets to the performance - just remain in your seat and what for the follow-up lesson to begin...!
Groups Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email
(Mon-Fri during office hours)
Seating Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.
Before the show, why not…? …have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins….
…or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can't wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another.
Parking Offer Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information.
Written by Eugene Ionesco Translation by Donald Watson Directed by Zoe Ní Riordáin Lighting Design by Sarah Jane Shiels Sound Design by Jack Cawley Set Design by Colm McNally Dramaturgy by Christopher Collins Produced by Kate Costello Cast Includes: Daniel Reardon, Camille Lucy Ross and Lisa Walsh