No Exit

by Jean-Paul Sartre

Translated by Stuart Gilbert

Accidental's inaugural production when the company first staged a mix of neglected classics and new plays.

No Exit or 'Huis Clos' was written by Jean-Paul Sartre and was first performed in Paris in 1944 just before it's liberation. It stands as the finest example of his existentialist philosophy. It has been argued that in No Exit Sartre discusses the idea of creating one’s own future and the result of not having the power to control one’s future, therefore, one’s existence.

Each of the three main characters has a connection with the other and this beautiful play comes alive in the interplay between these three, as they look at themselves and each other for hope, salvation and torture.
The most famous line from the play and one that describes it perfectly, "Hell is...other people" is one of the great lines in 20th Century Theatre.

PERFORMED: Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast

29th September - 1st October 2008

Running Time: 1hr 30 mins


Creative Team

Gayle Dennison Director

Ali Smyth Production Manager

James Rea Lighting Designer

Richard Lavery Producer


Rebecca Hampson ESTELLE

Ciara Rafferty INEZ

Shaun Blaney GARCIN

John Shayegh VALET