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Samuel Beckett Theatre, Thursday 9th November - Saturday 11th November
An unsuitable lover … an interfering mother … an oppressive boss … a dreary job … an insult that haunts … escape to the pub … glimpses of another life … imagination running away … reality … lack of funds … frustration and humiliation … violence.
Life's ups, downs, ins and outs unfold in front of a city of onlookers. James Joyce's Dubliners perfectly captures the emotions, characters and flavours of Dublin from 100 years ago. Two new operas by Andrew Synnott (composer) and Arthur Riordan (librettist), each based on one story from Dubliners, are both contemporary and entertaining, and bring Joyce's characters vividly to life.
In a new production from Opera Theatre Company and Wexford Festival Opera, Dubliners marks the operatic debut of the acclaimed theatre director Annabelle Comyn, whose productions have been seen at the Abbey Theatre, Druid, Landmark Productions and the Dublin Theatre Festival. She is joined by Set Designer Paul O'Mahony (OTC's Acis and Galatea), costume designer Joan O'Clery and Lighting Designer Rory Beaton.
Office worker Farrington concentrates more on his drinking plans than his day job and is humiliated by his overbearing boss. His attempts to drown his misery in Dublin's pubs backfires as he faces yet more humiliation. Frustrated, he returns home where his mood worsens and he takes out his anger on the first person he meets. The music and libretto capture this foreboding as Farrington's world spins apart.
The Boarding House
Jack Mooney introduces The Boarding House, which caters for clerks and visiting music-hall entertainers. The scheming proprietor, Mrs Mooney, allows her daughter Polly to spend time with the male residents. When a relationship blossoms between Polly and successful clerk Bob Doran, Mrs Mooney waits until it is publicly observed, knowing that Doran will have no choice but to propose. The music and libretto poke fun at all of the characters as this entertaining drama unfolds.
Opera Theatre Company ensemble is directed from the piano by Andrew Synnott.
- Thursday 9th November - Saturday 11th November
- €20 - €22
- Samuel Beckett Theatre, Park Lane East, Dublin, Ireland