THE DEAD – The acclaimed musical drama based on James Joyce's best-loved short story. On Tour, Spring 2017

Creative Team & Cast

The Dead, an opera based on The Dead by James Joyce

Produced by – The Performance Corporation & Breda Cashe Productions
Composed by – Ellen Cranitch
Libretto – Tom Swift
Direction – Jo Mangan
Set Design – Niamh Lunny / Kevin McFadden
Costume Design – Niamh Lunny
Lighting Design – Kevin McFadden

Clare Barrett
Kate Gilmore
Ruth McGill
Rory Musgrave

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

Funded by Supported by The Arts Council and NASC, with support from Culture Ireland, RTE Supporting The Arts & Kildare County Council

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

Special Thanks to:
The James Joyce Centre
Professor Anne Fogarty, James Joyce Studies, UCD
The Stage Lighting Centre
Liv O’Donoghue
Marketing Department at Project Arts Centre
Katharina Fredrich

Ellen Cranitch – Composer  Ellen started her professional life as a flautist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company and many chamber ensembles. Her interest in theatre and improvised music led her away from the classical world, and she began writing scores for theatre and dance productions. She has composed for Rough Magic, Coisceim, The Abbey Theatre, Amadée Montpellier, B*spoke, St.Patrick’s Day Festival, and many radio and TV documentaries.

She is also to be heard presenting a variety of music programmes on RTE LyricFM, including the award winning Grace Notes, and has made several documentaries for RTE Radio 1.

Tom Swift – Libretto  Tom is a playwright, and librettist. He is Co-Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation. Previous work includes: Candide, Dr Ledbetter’s Experiment, Drive-By, Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough, The Nose, Power Point, Swampoodle and Across the Lough.  A book of his work, Tom Swift – Selected Plays is published by Carysfort Press. Tom has also written for The Abbey, The Ark, NAYD and Fishamble. Tom was awarded the Jerwood Foundation Opera Fellowship at Aldeburgh Music (UK) in 2013. This led to the creation of Beyond the Pale – a new opera composed by Ben Scheuer and directed by Tom Creed.

Jo Mangan – Director Jo is Co-Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation. Selected directing credits for the company include: Slattery’s Sago Saga (Dublin Theatre Festival and national tour), Swampoodle (Washington DC), Power Point (Dublin Fringe Festival and Tampere Festival Finland), Drive-By (Cork Midsummer, Dublin Fringe and Canterbury Festivals), Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment (Kilkenny Arts and Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Candide.  Other theatre work includes Bogboy (Tall Tales), Beware of the Storybook Wolves (Ark) and What the Folk (Siamsa Tire). Radio plays include Flying Dutchman of Iniskill by Tom Swift. Films/TV  include A Life (Galway Film Fleadh) and The 3rd Policeman’s Ball (TV3). In 2013 she founded and curated the BIG HOUSE Festival – Irelands first ever site-specific arts festival awarded the ERIC for Best Irish Festival 2013. She was Artistic Director of 2014 Bram Stoker Festival Dublin also winner of the ERIC for Best Irish Festival. In 2011/12 Jo was awarded the Jerome Hynes Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship.

Niamh Lunny – Design Previous work for The Performance Corporation includes Expedition, BIG HOUSE Festival, Beautiful Dreamers, Swampoodle, Slatterys Sago Saga, The Seven Deadly Sins and the short film A Life. Niamh is Head of the Costume Department at the Abbey Theatre. Her design work there includes The Waste Ground Party (set & costume design), Heartbreak House, Maeve’s House (Set and Costume design), The Risen People, The House, The Passing, The East Pier, Arrah na Pogue, The Seafarer, Only an Apple, Blue/Orange, Homelands, Portia Coughlan and I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell.  Other work includes: Glorious Madness, PALS, Angel Meadow, Vardo, Laundry, The Boys of Foley Street (ANU productions) Salt Mountain (NAYD), The House That Jack Filled (Theatre Lovett), Tracks in the Snow, Beware of the Story Book Wolves (The Ark), Operation Easter (Calypso), Here Lies (Operating Theatre), Tiny Plays for Ireland 1 & 2, Shorts (Fishamble) and Rent (Olympia). Film/TV work includes Studs, Dead Bodies, Evelyn, On Home Ground, Anytime Now and Black Day at Blackrock.

Kevin McFadden – Design Previous work with The Performance Corporation includes Seven Deadly Sins  as lighting designer.  Other credits as Lighting Designer include: Shush, Conservatory, Maeve’s House,The PassingThe East PierBookwormsDoubt, Drama at Inish (Abbey Theatre), Silent (Fishamble), Richard II (Ouroboros Theatre Company), Fool for Love, Grown Ups, What Happened Bridgie Cleary, The Guys and A Quiet Life. Other work includes The Peace Project (Dublin Dance Festival 2012), Cruel and Tender (Hatch and Project Arts Centre), Myrmidons (Ouroboros and Beckett Theatre), Hysteria (b*spoke and Project Arts Centre), Hamlet (Gúna Nua and Project Arts Centre), Taste (Gúna Nua and Andrews Lane), Bloody Poetry (Bank of Ireland Arts Centre). Multimedia projects include Food for Life (Kevin Thornton).

Clare Barrett – Cast Previous work with The Performance Corporation includes Beautiful Dreamers, Swampoodle, Slattery’s Sago Saga & Power Point.  Other recent theatre includes Druid Shakespeare (Druid Theatre Company), Moll (Verdant Productions), I ♥ Alice ♥ I (HotForTheatre), Bernarda’s House (Dowager), Crude Mechanicals (Bewley’s Cafe Theatre), Assassins (Rough Magic Seeds),The Goverment Inspector (The Abbey Theatre) & The Field (Lane Productions). Radio: numerous Radio plays the latest being Sam and the Animal Man (All for RTE Radio One). Film/TV: Fair City (RTE), Sacrifice (Sacrifice films/Subotica), Run and Jump (Samson pictures), Dark Touch (Element pictures), Roy  (Paperboy Productions/CBBC)

Kate Gilmore – Cast This is Kate’s first time working with The Performance Corporation. Recent theatre credits include: Robin Hood and his Merry Men (The Gaiety Theatre), The Wickedness of Oz (A Show in a Bag production, written and performed by Kate, for Tiger Dublin Fringe/RTE Radio One), Town is Dead (Phillip McMahon & Raymond Scannell, Abbey Theatre: Peacock Stage), The Train (Arthur Riordan & Bill Whelan, Rough Magic Theatre Company @ Dublin Theatre Festival), Little Gem (by Elaine Murphy, Breda Cashe Produtions, National Tour), Breathless (WINNER: Best Supporting Actress at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015, John MacKenna, ORion Productions & DaNu Theatre Company) and Petals (NOMINEE: Best New Play at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015, Gillian Greer, Theatre Upstairs & Roadkill Productions).  Film/TV: Striking Out, Fair City (RTE), The Nation Holds Its Breath (The Weinstein Company) and The Legend of Logwood (Grand Pictures).

Ruth McGill  – Cast This is Ruth’s first time working with The Performance Corporation. Recent theatre includes I’m Your Man (THISISPOPBABY), Romeo & Juliet, Threepenny Opera and Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre),Twelfth Night, Alice in Funderland, Christ Deliver Us!, The last Days of The Reluctant Tryant and The Cherry Orchard (Abbey Theatre), Dubliners, FREEFALL and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (The Corn Exchange), Everybody Loves Sylvia and Fewer Emergencies,(Randolph SD | The Company), Macbecks (Olympia Theatre). Film/TV – Miscalculation (Still Films), Jack Taylor: Shot Down (Magma Productions), Damo & Ivor (RTE) What Richard Did (Element Pictures), Love/Hate (RTE) and The Clinic (RTE).  Ruth is also a singer-songwriter with the three-part harmony and musical collective, The Evertides.

Rory Musgrave – Cast  This is Rory’s first time to perform with The Performance Corporation.  Baritone Rory’s recent opera credits inlcude: Lunchtime Recital Series with the National Symphony Orchestra (National Concert Hall), Susanna’s Secret (Kilkenny Arts Festival), Guglielmo Ratcliff (Wexford Festival Opera), Salome and Macbeth (NI Opera), Rigoletto (Opera Theatre Company), The Telephone (Opera at Castalia), The Rape of Lucretia (Irish Youth Opera), Nixon in China (Wide Open Opera), The Rise and fall of the City of Mahagonny (Rough Magic/OTC). In addition to becoming an Opera Hub Emerging Artist with Opera Theatre Company (2014 – 2016), Rory was awarded the Arnholm Bursary in Wexford Festival Opera (2014), and was the co-recipient of the PWC/ Wexford Festival Opera Emerging Artist Bursary along with soprano Rachel Croash.