17-31 July 2021

The Secret Space

Tickets: €5 for Performances | Installation Visits Free Ticketed


An installation with live durational performances.

Performance Dates are Sat 17th, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th, Fri 30th and Sat 31st July. On these dates, half-hour booking slots will run 12-8pm.

Installation Visit Dates are Tues 20th, Wed 21st, Thurs 22nd, Tues 27th, Wed 28th July. On these dates, half-hour booking slots will run 11am-4:45pm.


Show Time: Performance Dates 12-8pm | Installation Dates 11am-4:45pm

Every family has secrets. Some families have bigger secrets. Some families have dangerous ones. State secrets. Secrets under floorboards. Secret spaces embedded in the walls. Two families have kept these secret spaces for generations.

Visual Artist and Co-artistic director of ANU Productions Owen Boss and Theatre Maker Genevieve Hulme-Beaman’s families have been connected for generations by the convergence of secrets and spaces generated by the double lives of their respective Great Grandfathers. Exploring the impact and contributions that this alliance made on the newly formed Irish State, this work examines the effect living double lives has had on the preceding generations.

Both men lived tangentially by proclamations of alternative social orders, worlds within worlds, resistant to the rules of the terrestrial law and state. Spending most of their lives evading capture so that they could achieve the kind of Ireland they imagined. To achieve this, both placed their respective families in acute danger. In order to survive, they created fake identities and a network of hidden spaces and codified systems. Both families have subsequently passed down a deep need for privacy. Secret codes, knocks and doorbell rings – a leftover reminder of house raids, arrests and a deep distrust of the outside, that even generations on, doors would never be opened unless the codes are adhered to by visitors. Both families still use the mantra ‘don’t write anything down.’


Please note that Secret Space involves limited light, flashing lights, and uneven surfaces.

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Created and Performed by Owen Boss & Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

Visual Artist/Performer Owen Boss

Performer Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

Sound Design Carl Kennedy

Lighting Design Ciaran Bagnall

Costume Design Saileog O Halloran

Production Manager Rob Furey

Exec Producers Lynnette Moran & Matthew Smyth

Costume Design Assistant Cheri White

Stage Management Leanna Cuttle

Director of Photography Paddy Jordan

Artistic Directors for ANU Louise Lowe & Owen Boss


Established in April 2009, ANU is led by Theatre Director and film-maker Louise Lowe, Visual Artist and designer Owen Boss, Creative Producer Lynnette Moran and Producer Matthew Smyth. Pioneering a hybrid of art forms that places the audience at the centre of our practice, together we have created 41 seminal works, including public art commissions, gallery installations and museum interpretations, creating a brand that is gaining worldwide momentum.

Building a global reputation for creating transformative experiences in unusual locations, we continue to challenge theatrical conventions by blurring the lines between immersive and site specific practice.

We place the audience at the very centre of the experience to create autonomous and meaningful exchanges with them. Our aesthetic represents the independent and the experimental, creating a new kind of multi- disciplinary model – a daring new hybrid art at the forefront of Ireland’s cultural landscape.

“ANU are responsible for the most searing and provocative works of the past decade” – The Irish Times.

Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council and Greater Houston Community Foundation


Limited light. Flashing lights. Uneven surfaces.

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