The Performance Corporation’s mission is to create daring theatrical adventures that energize, challenge, inspire and entertain audiences. Our work strives to stretch the boundaries of where, how and what theatre can be. The team relishes taking audiences on site-specific journeys to out-of-the-way places, and transforming the commonplace into a realm of dramatic possibilities.

The Performance Corporation produced Ireland’s first site-specific arts festival Big House Festival at Castletown House, Celbridge in 2013. The festival was awarded Best Festival in the 2013 awards. The company has produced other festivals and arts events (including the award-winning Bram Stoker Festival 2014) under the title Big House Productions.

The company believes that innovation, exploration, and risk-taking are vital for the health of contemporary theatre. Development work, residencies like The SPACE Programme and support for emerging artists are vital elements of The Performance Corporation’s commitment to this philosophy.


CEO Jo Mangan
Artistic Director Tom Swift


  • Beautiful Dreamers by Tom Swift ( Performed at a secret location in Limerick city centre. 2014)

  • Swampdoodle by Tom Swift ( Performed at the Uline Arena, a semi-derelict 9,000-seater sports arena in Washington DC. The Uline is located in an area once known as Swampdoodle, which was an Irish-American slum. 2011)

  • Slattery's Sago Saga by Arthur Riordan ( First performed at Rathfarnham Castle. 2010)

  • Power Point by Tom Swift ( First performed at the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. 2009)

  • The Nose by Tom Swift (Project Arts Centre 2008)

  • Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough by Tom Swift ( Staged in a natural amphitheatre in the sand dunes of Belmullet, Co. Mayo. 2007)

  • Drive-By by Tom Swift ( First Presented at the Docklands in Cork as part of the the Cork Midsummer Festival 2006. 2006)

  • The Yokohama Delegation by Tom Swift ( First presented at Desart House, New Street, Kilkenny 2005)

  • The Butterfly Ranch by Tom Swift (Smock Alley Theatre 2004)

  • Dr. Ledbetter's Experiment by Tom Swift ( The play was presented in promenade, where the audience followed the action through the streets of Kilkenny. It was also performed at Edinburgh University during the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe. 2004)