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The Invader opens in Waterford on May 23rd – the world premiere of a new Irish Opera created by Eric Sweeney and Mark Roper, directed by Ben Barnes for Theatre Royal Productions.
Inspired by the parable of The Bacchae, from the Greek playwright Euripides, composer Eric Sweeney & poet Mark Roper have brought this story of human folly and divine anger to life. Eric Sweeney’s strikingly beautiful music is set in a contemporary world familiar to us all where the illusion of control overlays an atmosphere of suspense. The opera carries you on a fascinating journey of transformation; blurring the lines between laughter and anguish, repression and uninhibited sexuality, reason and illusion, kindness and cruelty.
From the darkness which lies beyond the walls of our world, the Invader stealthily emerges and waits to be admitted. A charismatic figure, at once gentle and terrible, after whom nothing can ever be the same!
Supported by, amongst others, Waterford City Council, The Arts Council and Failte Ireland The Invader is part of the 1100th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the city of Waterford in 914.
Composer & Musical Director Eric Sweeney, Librettist Mark Roper, Director Ben Barnes, Designer Monica Frawley, Lighting John Comiskey, Movement Libby Seward. With Telman Guzevsky, Joe Corbett, Natasha Jouhl & Alison Browner & RTÉ ConTempo Quartet.
Performance & Booking Information
Theatre Royal Waterford, Fri 23rd (Premiere) & Sat 24th May
Wexford Opera House, Fri 30th May
Tickets €45 / 37.50 concession or €30 early bird price if booked on / before March 31st!
The Invader offers a stimulating night at the theatre not to be missed!
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