The First Child

The First Child

O'Reilly Theatre
Dublin Theatre Festival [In Person]

2 - 9 October. SOLD OUT.

O'Reilly Theatre
Dublin Theatre Festival [Livestream]

9 October 2021 7:30

Watch on Demand
10 -23 October. *Access to this performance will begin on your selected show date and you will have 7 days from this date to view the recording.

The First Child

a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda WalshLandmark Productions in association with Irish National Opera


It all began with the child.

Following the sensational success of their first two operas, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on the final instalment in their explosive trilogy of suburban horror.

The production brings together a world-class creative team with a cast of five singers, an actor, a dancer, a small children’s choir and Crash Ensemble, to imagine a terrifying story of lost innocence—a baby on a beach—and the sea.

Funded by an Opera Projects and Production Award from the Arts Council.


In Person at Dublin Theatre Festival | 2 – 9 October
Livestreams | 7.30pm, 9 October (With a live audience)
On Demand | 10 – 23 October
Running Time | 75 minutes approx
Age Suitability | For ages 16+

“Exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film … extraordinary … thrilling”
(The Guardian on The Second Violinist)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Image Credit: Jack Phelan


Karen Sarah ShineAlva Niamh O’SullivanGary Dean PowerSimon Emmett O’HanlonNurse Eric JurenasOlder Woman Joan SheehyDancer Caia Leseure


Composer Donnacha DennehyWriter and Director Enda WalshConductor Ryan McAdamsChoreographer Emma Martin
Set Designer Jamie VartanLighting Designer Adam SilvermanVideo Designer Jack PhelanCostume Designer Joan O’ClerySound Designer David SheppardCrash Ensemble