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Alison Oliver is sat inside a room behind a wooden table, she is looking out of a window which is covered by netted curtains.
Alison Oliver is sat inside a room behind a wooden table, she is looking out of a window which is covered by netted curtains.

Portia Coughlan

By Marina Carr, Directed by Carrie Cracknell

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Sat 7 Oct - Sat 18 Nov 2023

“Superb, dreamlike revival”
Time Out 

“A drama rich with secrets”
The Guardian

Picked by Vogue, Time Out and Evening Standard as a show to see this autumn.

There’s a wolf tooth growin in me heart and it’s turnin me from everywan and everthin I am.

A young woman unravelling.
A twin reappearing.
A family torn asunder by the living and the dead.

Today is Portia’s birthday. But it’s not a day for family and celebrations. Because Portia is making terrible choices, lurching between past and present, and wondering if the hand of fate has already set her course.

Tormented by her dead twin Gabriel, who disappeared into the depths of the Belmont River 15 years ago, she wreaks havoc on all she loves in a desperate bid to save herself.

Carrie Cracknell (OilThe Deep Blue Sea) returns to the Almeida to direct Alison Oliver (Women, Beware the Devil; Best Interests) in Marina Carr’s heart-wrenching modern Irish classic about destructive families and obsession.

Running Time 
Approx. 2 hours & 20 mins, incl. an interval

Evenings 7.30pm

Access Performances
Book our access performances by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email
Audio Described Sat 11 Nov 2pm (Touch Tour 12pm)
Captioned Mon 6 Nov 7.30pm
Relaxed Environment Wed 8 Nov 2pm & 7.30pm

Content Warnings Read more about our production guidance and warnings>

“It had me in awe”

Find out what audiences think of Portia Coughlan as we ask them to share their thoughts on Carrie Cracknell’s production of Marina Carr’s heart-wrenching modern Irish classic.

Cast & Creatives

  • Cast

  • Creatives

    Ana Beatriz Meireles

    Associate Movement Director

    Helen Hebert

    Assistant Designer


All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. More info


Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy discounted tickets by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email

25s & Under

£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Sat 7 Oct – Mon 16 Oct. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale at 5pm on Tue 19 Sep. More info

30s & Under, Over 65s & Unemployed

If you are aged 30 or under, over 65 or are unemployed you can book tickets at a discounted rate.

Islington First

If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats at a discounted rate for performances from Mon 23 Oct – Sat 4 Nov, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. 

Talks & Events

After Mon 6 Nov performance
A captioned post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida For Free
Thu 9 Nov 7.30pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under.More info > 

Four people are sat on chairs on the Almeida stage.

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Artwork photography by David Stewart. Concept by Émilie Chen.