Things We Throw Away
Things We Throw Away
Things We Throw Away
Things We Throw Away
Things We Throw Away

Things We Throw Away

Five short operas by Brian Irvine (music) and John McIlduff (text) inspired by life on the streets of Dublin.

Various VenuesDublin City4 July 2014
Various VenuesDublin City5 July 2014
Various VenuesBelfast14 March 2015
Various VenuesDublin City10 April 2015
Various VenuesDublin City11 April 2015

Drive-by Shooting
Two old women are on a mission. Eddie, the first woman’s husband has been unfaithful with Maggie McCormac in Number 13. They didn’t think he still had it in him. They have a gun and they’re ready to use it. Sisters in crime!
Cast:
Sylvia O’Brien (Woman 1)
Doreen Curran (Woman 2)
Dan Reardon (Eddie)
Soundtrack:
RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Fergus Sheil (conductor)

I Just Sell My Bananas
No tales to be told, no songs to sing, she just sells her bananas. She has kids to take care of, and a husband. Day in day out on the streets of Dublin. The bananas, however, are relentlessly cheerful. They sing with a jazzy Latin pazzaz…
Cast: 
Sylvia O’Brien (Banana Lady)
Sarah Shine (Banana 1)
Rachel Croash (Banana 2)
Maria Kelly (Banana 3)

Ironing Board Blues
An old iron and ironing board are discarded on the street. Their best days are behind them. What a couple they once were – like Fred and Ginger…when the kids were home there was a mountain of ironing to be done. Now they are shabby but can remember a better time.
Cast: 
Niamh Lawlor (Puppeteer)
Doreen Curran (Voice of the Ironing Board)
Soundtrack: 
RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Fergus Sheil (conductor)

Suck It In
A group of workers gather for a smoking break outside a building. They may be outcasts, sceptics, fools, but never alone. Comrades in arms. Troubles and worries all gone up in smoke. Five minutes of peace in a lifetime of pain.
Cast: 
Sylvia O’Brien (soprano)
Doreen Curran (mezzo)
Gerry Noonan (baritone)
Specially created chorus for this commission
Soundtrack: 
RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Fergus Sheil (conductor)

Wake Up Son
A father and son enjoying a drink together. The son has had one too many and slumps over. There will be trouble when they get home. There’s time for one more drink. The son always was a sleeper. In the back of the Cortina on the way to the beach when he was a kid…
Cast: 
Graeme Danby (Father)
Rory Dunne (Son)
Soundtrack: 
RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Fergus Sheil (conductor)

 

Things We Throw Away was commissioned as part of the Dublin City Public Art Programme with funding for the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.