A group of strangers find themselves waiting together in a train station apparently on their way to an undisclosed destination. They each carry a personal item — a hand mirror, a cake box, a hat box, a piece of old luggage, a paint box, a shoe sample kit and a cornet case — that is significant to them. They are all seeking an escape, and in this absurdist setting, fantasy and fear are never very far away.
Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, a surrealistic chamber opera with a libretto by John Donahue, premiered in 1971 in Minneapolis and was a huge success. In one-act and with no linear plot, the opera asks us to ponder and embrace the absurdity of life. Hailed as “a remarkable work” by The Washington Post and “A strange and often beautiful evening of theatre!” by The New York Times, this is its Irish première.
POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO is presented alongside CENDRILLION on alternative evenings. Double bill performance on Saturday 9th March.
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Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Director: Hélène Montague
Set, Costume and Make-Up: Design for Stage and Screen at IADT
Lighting Design: John Comiskey
Movement Director: Diane Richardson