• September 2019
  • Dublin

This Hostel Life

2019, world premiere

Evangelia Rigaki’s new installation opera is based on stories written by Melatu Uche Okorie while she was living direct provision.

As audiences descend into the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, they will be submerged into the overlapping sounds and messages of scenarios presented by a chorus and three pairings of singer and instrumentalist. By moving between the stories being played out simultaneously in the crypt, listeners will make their own sense of a troubling world that is known only to immigrants.

“Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say – and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining.” - Writer Roddy Doyle

Cast & Creative Team


Soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh
Soprano Rachel Croash
Tenor Andrew Gavin

Parabasis Ensemble

Flute Bill Dowdall
Percussion Richard O'Donnell
Bass Clarinet Fintan Sutton

New Dublin Voices

Creative Team

Director Caitriona McLaughlin
Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Chorus Conductor Bernie Sherlock