The First Child

The First Child

Past Performances

Watch on Demand
20–24 October 2021

O'Reilly Theatre
Dublin Theatre Festival

2 - 9 October

World Premiere

O'Reilly Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival | 2 October, 2021

The First Child

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


Following a sold out run as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, The First Child will be available to watch on demand from Wednesday 20 Oct until midnight on Sunday 24 Oct. The First Child can only be viewed by customers in Ireland.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ a remarkable conclusion to the Dennehy-Walsh partnership’
The Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘High-octane triumph … powerful and compelling’
The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Simply magnificent … keeps you hooked’
The Arts Review

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.

Running Time | 90 minutes approx
Age Suitability | For ages 16+
Read the show programme here.

“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 SheppardAssistant Conductor Elaine KellyAssociate Director Eoghan CarrickAssociate Costume Designer Associate Sound Designer Sinéad DiskinRépétiteur Richard McGrathStudio Conductor Molly de BúrcaCrash Ensemble Children's Chorus


★★★★★ 'a remarkable conclusion to the Dennehy-Walsh partnership'The Irish Times
★★★★★ 'High-octane triumph … powerful and compelling ... ingenious’The Sunday Times
★★★★★ '‘Simply magnificent ... keeps you hooked'The Arts Review
'a feast for the eyes'Irish Independent
★★★★ 'dark, strange and hugely enjoyable.'Irish Examiner


Photographer: Ste Murray