“I am delighted and honoured to be one of the recipients under the Live Performance Support Scheme, which has made presenting this very special piece of theatre possible. James Joyce’s brilliant short story The Dead is beautifully captured in this short Opera. I am extremely happy that this production will be staged for live audiences at the Gaiety Theatre which is another iconic Dublin treasure. The company is delighted to be back at work doing what we love to do which is to entertain and engage with our loyal and supportive audiences.”

Breda Cashe

The Dead, An Opera – LIVE

From €31
7th Aug. - 8th Aug.

Breda Cashe Productions presents

The Dead, An Opera 

An original  production by The Performance  Corporation

Music by Ellen Cranitch.

Libretto by Tom Swift.

Directed by Jo Mangan.

Producer Breda Cashe is delighted to bring the acclaimed musical drama based on James Joyce’s best-loved short story – The Dead, An Opera – to audiences for 4 much anticipated performances this summer.

The Dead, An Opera occupies a musical space all of its own between opera and music theatre. This production features a sterling cast of Suxannah De Wrixon, John Molloy, Kathy Rose O’ Brien and Rachel O’ Byrne, accompanied by a quartet of Katie O’ Connor, Jane Hughes, Una O Kane and Aoife Durnin.

The piece taps into the deep vein of musical references running through the original story, taking us on a journey exploring life, love and death. Acclaimed Irish composer Ellen Cranitch and award-winning playwright Tom Swift have created a pared back musical telling of Joyce’s classic story that is by turns theatrical, evocative and moving. Directed by Jo Mangan, four singers accompanied by a string quartet conjure the atmosphere of a Christmas party inhabited by Joyce’s vibrant characters.

The production team also Set Designer Niamh Lunny / Kevin McFadden,  Costume Designer Niamh Lunny and Lighting Designer Kevin McFadden

This performance is generously supported by the Department of TCAGSM.


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A high quality recording of the performance is available to watch back on-demand for 7 days from Monday 16th August.  Tickets for the streamed event are priced at 20 euro are available from

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