• September - October 2020
  • Dublin Theatre Festival

Least Like The Other

Searching for Rosemary Kennedy

UPDATE: The government’s decision to move all of Ireland to Level 3 of Covid-19 restrictions for a minimum of three weeks forces us to abandon our plans of presenting Least Like The Other: Searching for Rosemary Kennedy at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

We thank all the artists and technical personnel for their dedication to this project. We know that ticket holders will be as disappointed as we are at this news. Ticket holders will be contacted by the box office in due course.

“Anyone could be left breathless by this ★★★★★” - The Irish Times
“Triumph of a production ★★★★★” - The Sunday Times

An explosive and thought-provoking work of experimental music theatre. It 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.

Due to Covid19 restrictions capacity is extremely limited for all of the performances. Early booking is highly recommended.

Sung in English with English surtitles

Approximate Duration: 70 mins with no interval

This performance will comply with all health regulations surrounding Covid-19. Audiences will be accommodated in socially-distanced seating and will be required to wear face coverings at all times when inside the theatre.

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

Please note there is strobe lighting used in this performance.

Presented in association with the DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL.

Original production presented in association with GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL.


Cast and Creative Team


Naomi Louisa O'Connell (evening performances)
Amy Ní Fhearraigh (matinees)
Stephanie Dufresne
Ronan Leahy
Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Creative Team

Created by Brian Irvine and 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
Associate Director Aoife Spillane-Hinks
Irish National Opera Orchestra

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Least Like the Other Trailer

LLTO Interview - Ronan Leahy and Stephanie Dufresne

LLTO Interview - Naomi Louisa O'Connell