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The Dead

By James Joyce, Tom Swift, Ellen Cranitch

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James Joyce’s best-loved short story The Dead is given a thrilling new operatic treatment.

Produced by critically acclaimed theatre and arts company, The Performance Corporation, and Breda Cashe, one of Ireland’s leading independent producers, this new version taps into the deep vein of musical references running through original story, taking us on journey exploring life, love and death.

Acclaimed Irish composer Ellen Cranitch and award-winning playwright Tom
Swift have created a pared back musical telling of Joyce’s classic story that is by turns theatrical, evocative and moving.

Directed by Jo Mangan, four singers accompanied by a string quartet conjure the atmosphere of a Christmas party inhabited by Joyce’s vibrant characters.

The piece conjures the poignant atmosphere of a Christmas party inhabited by Joyce’s vibrant characters. A radio version of The Dead was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 in January 2016 and won the bronze award at the International New York Festivals: Radio Programming and Promotions Awards.

The Dead is part of the Ireland’s 2016 Global and Diaspora programme. The work premiered at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in December 2015, and toured internationally in 2017. It follows last 2014’s highly successful work-in-progress showing at that venue. The Dead was supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

 

Further Information

www.thedeadopera.com

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Produced by
The Performance Corporation & Breda Cashe Productions

Composed by – Ellen Cranitch

Libretto – Tom Swift

Direction – Jo Mangan

 

First Performed:

Project Arts Centre, Dublin in December 2015

 

Cast

Clare Barrett
Kate Gilmore
Ruth McGill
Rory Musgrave

Musicians

Karen Dervan, Aoife Durnin,
Jane Hughes, Katie O’Connor

Production

Set Design – Niamh Lunny / Kevin McFadden
Costume Design – Niamh Lunny
Lighting Design – Kevin McFadden

Line Producer – Maeve McGrath
Communications – Ciara Gogarty
Stage Manager – Aaron Kennedy
Production Manager – Brendan Galvin

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