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World Premiere

Opera | Ireland

Irish National Opera in association with Galway International Arts Festival

Least like the Other Searching for Rosemary Kennedy

music by Brian Irvine directed by Netia Jones Irish National Opera Orchestra conducted by Fergus Sheil cast includes Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Stephanie Dufresne and Ronan Leahy

‘building new audiences for opera with its adventurous spirit… INO is achieving something special’ JOURNAL OF MUSIC

An explosive and thought–provoking work of experimental music theatre. It traces events in the life of Rosemary, eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, sister of JFK, using heavily redacted materials from the archives, and only recently pieced together by biographers and academics. The events in Rosemary’s difficult life leading up to her disastrous lobotomy at the age of 23 by the ‘kings of lobotomy’, Walter Freeman and James Watts, create an exploration of definitions of intelligence, expectations of gender, medical showmanship, patriarchy, the impact of the media and the demands of this extraordinary family. Rosemary’s life creates a portrait of America in the 1940s and 1950s. It is a picture that is as relevant today as it was then.

6 GALWAY IN TERN ATIO N A L ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN & WHERE

Black Box Theatre Dyke Road 15–20 July, 7pm No show 17 July Tickets €30 – €40 Duration 1 hour 10 minutes No Interval Backstage at the Festival 16 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Aidan Thomson, NUI Galway

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Galway International Arts Festival Programme 2019  

Ireland's leading International Arts Festival, 15 - 28 July 2019. #GIAF19

Galway International Arts Festival Programme 2019  

Ireland's leading International Arts Festival, 15 - 28 July 2019. #GIAF19