“Equal parts baffling and brilliant, The First Child is a remarkable conclusion to the Dennehy-Walsh partnership” The Irish Times★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It all began with the child.
Following the sensational success of their first two operas, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on the final instalment in their explosive trilogy of suburban horror.
The production brings together a world-class creative team with a cast of five singers, an actor, a dancer, a small children’s choir and Crash Ensemble, to imagine a terrifying story of lost innocence—a baby on a beach—and the sea.
The performance ofThe First Child will be filmed live on Saturday 9 October and will be available to watch on demand at a later date. We will update you on this in the coming days.
For ages 16+. Contains loud noises, strobe lighting, abuse, violence,
This production is funded by an Opera Projects and Production
Award from The Arts Council.
Kindly supported by The Irish Times.
Tickets are sold using pod seating of predetermined sizes.
Composed by Donnacha Dennehy
Libretto & Directed by Enda Walsh
Conducted by Ryan McAdams
Choreography: Emma Martin
Set Design: Jamie Vartan
Lighting Design: Adam Silverman
Video Design: Jack Phelan
Costume Design: Joan O’Clery
Sound Design: David Sheppard
Ensemble Crash Ensemble
Image Credit: Jack Phelan
“With more twists than a corkscrew, The First Child keeps you hooked till the very dark end” The Arts Review★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“We are carried along always by the Crash Ensemble in excellent form, giving rich depth and warm sound to Dennehy’s shimmering, propulsive, sometimes spiky but always compelling music” Irish Examiner★ ★ ★ ★
2,4,6,8,9 Oct, 7.30pm
90 mins., no interval.