The Dead

25 Feb

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.

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Location: Farneyhoogan, Longford, Longford

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. Tickets €18/€16