RTÉ Drama on One welcomes The Performance Corporation to make a radio version of their operatic treatment of James Joyce’s best-loved short story, ‘The Dead’.
First broadcast: 3rd January 2016 RTÉ Radio 1
Cast & Musicians: Clare Barrett, Lisa Lambe, Ruth McGill, Rory Musgrave, Aoife Durnin, Jane Hughes, Karen Dervan, Katie O’Connor. Created by Irish composer Ellen Cranitch and playwright Tom Swift, Directed by Jo Mangan.
“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.
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.