The Dead – A new opera based on James Joyce’s best loved short story

Expedition: The Symposium and Apparition
22nd November 2016
Jo Mangan during rehearsal and development for The Performance Corporation's Virtual Reality work
Virtually Vancouver
24th August 2019

The Dead – A new opera based on James Joyce’s best loved short story

An award-winning drama with music based on James Joyce’s best loved short story.

Following a sold-out run at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, this acclaimed version of The Dead is on national tour.  This tour will commence on Jan 31 and will tour to 11 venues through the country. The tour is generously supported by The Arts Council, The NASC network and RTE Supporting The Arts.

Four singers accompanied by a string quartet conjure all the humour and heartbreak of a family gathering on a snowy night in Dublin.

Composer Ellen Cranitch and playwright Tom Swift have created a vivid musical telling of one of the greatest short stories ever written.

Presented by The Performance Corporation and Breda Cashe Productions, The Dead is skilfully directed by Jo Mangan, in a beautiful version of Joyce’s masterpiece.

Cast: Clare Barrett, Kate Gilmore, Ruth McGill and Rory Musgrave.

“Composed by Ellen Cranitch with libretto by Tom Swift, this handsome chamber opera adaptation from Performance Corporation and Breda Cashe sweetly honours The Dead.”  – The Irish Times

“It is a most engaging composition and reflects the action with considerable acuity… A blend of spoken word, recitatives, popular songs and attractive arioso passages, woven through with mood-setting sequences, reflecting the story excellently and driving it forward with considerable expertise… The whole project proved a great success.”  – Opera

“This new opera is appropriately enigmatic and beautiful in equal measure. In fact, the hour or so spent in the company of the performers onstage is so captivating that you would relish a further hour to watch the whole affair unfurl again.”  – **** The Irish Examiner.


2017 Tour Information:

Tuesday, 31 January – Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Book tickets
Thursday, 2 February – glór, Ennis. Book tickets
Saturday, 4 February – Belltable, Limerick. Book tickets
Monday, 6 February – Town Hall Theatre, Galway. Book tickets
Tuesday, 7 February – Town Hall Theatre, Galway. Book tickets
Friday, 10 February – National Opera House, Wexford. Book tickets
Monday, 13 February – Everyman Theatre, Cork. Book tickets
Wednesday, 15 February – Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire. Book tickets
Thursday, 16 February – Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire. Book tickets
Saturday, 18 February – Dunamaise, Portlaoise. Book tickets
Wednesday, 22 February – An Grianán, Letterkenny. Book tickets
Thursday, 23 February – An Grianán, Letterkenny. Book tickets
Saturday, 25 February – Backstage Theatre, Longford. Book Tickets
Saturday, 4 March – Siamsa Tire, Kerry. Book tickets



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