• October 2021
  • Dublin

The First Child

Presented by Landmark Productions in association with Irish National Opera.

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.

“★★★★★ exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film...extraordinary...thrilling” - The Guardian on 'The Second Violinist'

THE PERFORMANCE ON 9 OCTOBER WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED AND AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 23 OCTOBER

PRIORITY BOOKING IS OPEN FOR FRIENDS OF DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL / GENERAL BOOKING OPENS ON 24 AUGUST AT 12pm

FOR AGES 16+. CONTAINS LOUD NOISES, STROBE LIGHTING, ABUSE, VIOLENCE, SELF-HARM, DEATH

APPROXIMATE DURATION: APPROX. 90 MINUTES WITH NO INTERVAL

THIS PRODUCTION IS FUNDED BY AN OPERA PROJECTS AND PRODUCTION AWARD FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL

KINDLY SUPPORTED BY THE IRISH TIMES.

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Cast and Creative Team

Cast

In order of appearance
Man Eric Jurenas
Karen Sarah Shine
Simon Emmett O’Hanlon
Girl Caia Leseure
Old Woman Joan Sheehy
Alva Niamh O’Sullivan
Gary Dean Power

Creative Team

Composer Donnacha Dennehy
Librettist & Director Enda Walsh
Conductor Ryan McAdams
Choreographer Emma Martin
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Video Designer Jack Phelan
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Sound Designer David Sheppard
Assistant Conductor Elaine Kelly
Associate Director Eoghan Carrick
Répétiteur Richard McGrath
Studio Conductor Molly de Búrca
Small Children's Chorus
Crash Ensemble