• July 2021
  • Film Premiere

A Thing
I Cannot Name

Three women. All different. Connected only by the intensity of their wildly dissimilar desires.

Unrequited love for an aloof, narcissistic older woman . . . an obsession with a partner’s former lover, intense enough to verge into the erotic . . . a yearning to bear a child, to create a companion and break out of a painful seclusion. Through their letters, their voices join each other across time, in an attempt to give name to their desires.

SUNG IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

SUITABLE FOR AGES 14 PLUS

DURATION: 20 MINS

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Filmed in June 2021, the world premiere of A Thing I Cannot Name will be streamed by Irish National Opera via the West Cork Literary Festival on 27 July 2021 at 7pm. This event will include an introduction to the work by Amanda Feery and Megan Nolan in conversation with Julie Kelleher followed by a screening of the opera. The event will take place on Zoom.

Further screenings to be announced.

“Nolan’s raw and uncannily insightful writing glimmers in a way that will shed new light onto wounds both healed and open . . . She tells the truth about obsession and drains it of all allure” - New York Times
“Amanda Feery’s 'It’s in the trees, it’s coming', inspired by Kate Bush’s 'Hounds of Love', was the richest discovery of Crash Ensemble’s Free State 12 programme” - The Irish Times

FILMED AT THE COMPLEX, DUBLIN

AUDIO RECORDED AT WINDMILL LANE STUDIOS, DUBLIN

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Cast and Creative Team

Cast

Rebecca Kelli-Ann Masterson
Jean Rachel Goode
Catherine Aebh Kelly

Creative Team

Conductor Elaine Kelly
Director Aoife Spillane-Hinks
Set and Costume Designer Jack Scullion
Lighting Designer Stephen Dodd
Répétiteur Luke Lally-Maguire
Film Production Gansee
Audio Production Ergodos

Musicians

Flute Lina Andonovska
Violin Cora Lunny
Double Bass Caimin Gilmore
Electric Guitar Barry O'Halpin
Percussion Caitríona Frost
Piano Luke Lally-Maguire

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