The Dead

a chamber opera based on the story by James Joyce

“appropriately enigmatic and beautiful in equal measure.”

— The Irish Examiner

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Produced by critically acclaimed theatre and arts company, The Performance Corporation, and Breda Cashe, one of Ireland’s leading independent producers, The Dead taps into the deep vein of musical references running through original story, taking us on a journey which is at once playful and poignant, exploring life, love and death. This vivid musical telling of Joyce's masterpiece has won the hearts of audiences throughout Ireland, and is now available to share with audiences worldwide.

 

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 poignant atmosphere of a Christmas party inhabited by Joyce’s vibrant characters.

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“It is slick and stylish and most importantly fun to watch.” 

—  No More Workhorse

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

—  The Irish Examiner

“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.” 

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