Truly an example of skilled theatre-making, you really should not miss this startling adaptation of The Dead at the Backstage Theatre and Centre for the Arts.
The Dead by James Joyce has been described as the greatest short story ever written in the English language, and daringly, The Performance Corporation and Breda Cash are mounting a production that will do the story absolute justice.
The final story in Joyce's collection, Dubliners, The Dead brings together themes that are awakened at other points in the book in a final reflection. Beautifully observed and heavy with pathos, The Dead is the finest example of Joycean literature you'll ever read, and it's a lot easier to tackle than Ulysses.
This production has already sold out shows in Dublin and beyond, impressing audiences. You won't be disappointed; this performance leans into music, with four singers and a string quartet, and a gorgeous score composed by Ellen Cranitch. Playwright Tom Swift has adapted the story with a feather-light touch and gorgeous lyricism, whilst Jo Mangan has directed it with an eye for shadowy choreography.
Overall, it's a piece of theatre that will delight readers, actors, poets and performers. Truly an example of skilled theatre-making, you really should not miss this startling adaptation of The Dead at the Backstage Theatre and Centre for the Arts.