Irish National Opera, Ireland

Least Like the Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy

Created by Brian Irvine & Netia Jones

An explosive and thought-provoking work of experimental music theatre. Least Like the Other traces events in the life of Rosemary, eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, sister of JFK, using redacted archive materials only recently pieced together. The events in Rosemary’s difficult life leading up to her disastrous lobotomy at 23, create an exploration of definitions of intelligence, expectations of gender, medical showmanship, patriarchy, the impact of the media and the demands of this extraordinary family. Rosemary’s tragic life constitutes a portrait of America in the 1940s and 1950s that still resonates today.

In this 2020 production, the orchestra is pre-recorded in a new surround-sound, digitally manipulated sonic experience.

Supported by the Arts Council.

Original production presented in association with Galway International Arts Festival.

Created by Brian Irvine & Netia Jones

Composer: Brian Irvine

Director, Designer & Video Designer: Netia Jones

Conductor: Fergus Sheil

Lighting Designer: Sinéad Wallace

Sound designer: David Sheppard

Choreographer: Muirne Bloomer

Assistant Director: Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Performers: Naomi Louisa
O’Connell (evening performances),
Amy Ní Fhearraigh (matinee
performances), Stephanie Dufresne,
Ronan Leahy & Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Prerecorded Orchestra:
Irish National Opera Orchestra

extraordinarily powerful The Sunday Independent

O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College


25 Sept, 8pm
26 Sept, 2pm & 8pm
27 Sept, 12pm & 6pm

29 Sept- 2 Oct, 8pm
3-4 Oct, 2pm & 8pm




70 mins.

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