The Tallest Man in the World

Originally produced by award-winning Cork-based Corcadorca Theatre Company in Ireland in 2013. The Tallest Man in the World is a play about an unspeakable love, almighty difference and the torment of memory. Poetic, rhythmic and highly nuanced, a ‘trio’ for voices. The Tallest Man in the World was a finalist in the prestigious USA Eugene O’ Neill National Playwright’s Conference, selected for the Great Plains Theater Conference readings in Omaha, USA in June 2017 and will be produced at The Tank Theater, West 26th Street, Manhattan, New York in March 2019.

The Tallest Man in the World will have its American premiere at The Tank Theater, New York 6-17th March 2019. THE TANK, 312 W 36TH ST, NEW YORK, NY, 10018,


“…a psychologically intriguing play…”  – The Irish Examiner 4*
“A significant talent”  – The Irish Times
“Ní Ríain’s writing is superb”  – The Irish Examiner
“A thoughtful, intelligent and above all brave artistic voice.”  – The Irish Theatre Magazine


She was spirited and slight,
had her soul on her sleeve that night
and I envied her ability
to place one word after another
join them all up
and sing of her luminous darkness.
She’s smaller then I’d remembered her
shrunken somehow,
no future left in her indolent eyes.
Just a jangling of broken instruments,
broken melodies,
broken bones.”

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The Tallest Man in the World at the Great Plains Theater Conference 2017, Nebraska, USA