Landmark Productions in association with Irish National Opera, Ireland

The First Child

A new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh

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,
self-harm, death.

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


Caia Leseure

Eric Jurenas

Emmett O’Hanlon

Niamh O’Sullivan

Dean Power

Joan Sheehy

Sarah Shine

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
★ ★ ★ ★

O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College


2,4,6,8,9 Oct, 7.30pm




90 mins., no interval.

With the support of