Landmark Productions in association with Irish National Opera, Ireland

The First Child - On Demand

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.

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

"Exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film … extraordinary … thrilling" The Second Violinist The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College


On demand 10-23 Oct




75 mins., no interval.

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