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About The Dead, An Opera
An original production by The Performance Corporation
Music by Ellen Cranitch. Libretto by Tom Swift. Directed by Jo Mangan.
Producer Breda Cashe is delighted to bring the acclaimed musical drama based on James Joyce’s best-loved short story – The Dead, An Opera – to audiences for 4 much anticipated performances this summer.
The Dead, An Opera occupies a musical space all of its own between opera and music theatre. This production features a sterling cast of Suxannah De Wrixon, John Molloy, Kathy Rose O’ Brien and Rachel O’ Byrne, accompanied by a quartet of Katie O’ Connor, Jane Hughes, Una O Kane and Aoife Durnin.
The piece taps into the deep vein of musical references running through the original story, taking us on a 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.
This performance is generously supported by the Department of TCAGSM