The Dead

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Updated: November 29th, 2016

The Performance Corporation and Breda Cashe present

 The Dead

Cast: Clare Barrett, Kate Gilmore, Ruth McGill and Rory Musgrave.

James Joyce’s best-loved short story The Dead is given a thrilling new operatic treatment.


Belltable | Saturday, 4th Feb | 8pm | €18/€16

 An award-winning drama with music based on James Joyce’s best loved short story.

Following a sold-out run at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, this acclaimed version of The Dead is on national tour. Four singers accompanied by a string quartet conjure all the humour and heartbreak of a family gathering on a snowy night in Dublin. Composer Ellen Cranitch and playwright Tom Swift have created a vivid musical telling of one of the greatest short stories ever written. Presented by The Performance Corporation and Breda Cashe, The Dead is skilfully directed by Jo Mangan, in a beautiful version of Joyce’s masterpiece.   

 “Composed by Ellen Cranitch with libretto by Tom Swift, this handsome chamber opera adaptation from Performance Corporation and Breda Cashe sweetly honours The Dead.” – The Irish Times

 “It is a most engaging composition and reflects the action with considerable acuity… A blend of spoken word, recitatives, popular songs and attractive arioso passages, woven through with mood-setting sequences, reflecting the story excellently and driving it forward with considerable expertise… The whole project proved a great success.” – Opera

 “This new opera is appropriately enigmatic and beautiful in equal measure. In fact, the hour or so spent in the company of the performers onstage is so captivating that you would relish a further hour to watch the whole affair unfurl again.” **** Irish Examiner


 All ticket prices include €1 per ticket booking charge.

 No exchanges or refunds.

 For all performances at Belltable, wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.

 No late comers admitted to the theatre after the show commences.

 On street parking only.


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