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Ian Wilson, Ireland
The Last Siren | Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs) 
Oct 15 2016

Long fascinated by the contemporary resonances of ancient myths, composer Ian Wilson has been particularly  drawn to the Greek story of the Sirens. The Last Siren, an experimental opera, centers on a hermit-like woman who believes that she is the last of the Sirens - she lives on a beach, recounts her conquests and laments the unexplained loss of her sister, all within a continuous monologue mostly concerned with quotidian minutiae.
Acclaimed Irish singer and Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the Year Lauren Kinsella takes the role of the Siren with  Ireland’s leading sound art collective The Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy and Mick O'Shea) providing the work's soundscape. McCarthy and O'Shea also represent the characters of Orpheus and Odysseus, whom the Siren attempts to seduce from time to time in order to produce at least an acknowledgement of her presence.
The text explores themes of isolation, loss and the line between memory and delusion, while musically and sonically The Last Siren embraces improvisation and electronica.
By turns moving and dramatic, this is a memorable sonic and theatrical experience.
Cast and Creative Team:

  • Concept, Libretto and Music  Direction: Ian Wilson
  • Director: Ksenija Krnajski
  • Voice: Lauren Kinsella
  • Sound Art: Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea (The Quiet Club)

Funded through an Arts Council Opera Project Award.

Information and Tickets:

  • Venue: Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs)
  • Date: Oct 15, 7.30pm
  • Tickets: €20
  • Duration: Approx. 60 mins.No interval.
Talking Theatre: Oct 15, post-show. 
With Ian Wilson and members of the company.


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