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 will tour internationally in 2017. It follows last 2014’s highly successful work-in-progress showing at that venue. The Dead is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
The Performance Corporation is a critically-acclaimed theatre and arts company, founded in 2002 by director Jo Mangan and playwright Tom Swift with a mission to create “theatrical adventures in surprising places”. Since then we have built a reputation as a ground breaking arts organisation whose work has won several Irish Times Theatre Awards, and three Best Production nominations. Our site-specific plays have brought audiences to medieval dungeons, towering sand dunes, boy-racer speed tracks and a crumbling sports arena where the Beatles first played America. We produced Ireland’s first site-specific arts festival BIG HOUSE Festival (Winner of Best Festival, 2013 Erics Awards) and our sister company Big House Productions emerged from this, programming events and festival events including The Bram Stoker Festival Winner of Best Festival, 2013 Erics Awards).
The Performance Corporation supports artist development and collaboration through the long-running international SPACE Programme artist’s residency. We are also known for our energetic interpretations of classic literature including our first production Voltaire’s Candide (Winner, 2002 Irish Theatre Awards, Judges’ Special Prize), Gogol’s The Nose, and now Joyce’s The Dead.
Breda Cashe has worked as an independent theatre producer for over 20 years. Having co-founded Lane Productions with Pat Moylan in 1998 the company went on to become one of the leading commercial production companies in the country presenting many successful productions in Ireland, the UK, the West End, Australia, New Zealand and France. Notable productions include: The World Premiere of The Shawshank Redemption (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Irish Tour, Wyndam’s Theatre, West End); The Field, (Directed by Joe Dowling, starring Brian Dennehy, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Irish Tour); Alone It Stands (Dublin, Irish Tour, The Duchess Theatre, West End, The Sydney Opera House, Australian tour, New Zealand Tour); Stones in His Pockets (Gaiety Theatre, Irish Tour). She has also produced for The Dublin Theatre Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, and the Wexford Opera House.
In 2013 she produced and directed Tuesdays with Morrie, (Irish Tour, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin) and more recently Little Gem by Elaine Murphy which toured nationally. In April 2015 she co-produced the 50th anniversary of The Field with Pat Moylan and Donal Shiels which was presented at The Gaiety Theatre.