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Least Like The Other – Searching for Rosemary Kennedy
Least Like The Other – Searching for Rosemary Kennedy

Irish National Opera presents Least Like The Other, Searching For Rosemary Kennedy, Created By Brian Irvine & Netia Jones

Wednesday 22 September 2021


€30 & €27 (conc)*

An explosive and thought-provoking work of experimental music theatre. It traces events in the life of Rosemary, eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, sister of JFK, using heavily redacted materials from the archives, only recently pieced together by biographers and academics. The events in Rosemary’s difficult life leading up to her disastrous lobotomy at the age of 23 by the “kings of lobotomy,” Walter Freeman and James Watts, create an exploration of definitions of intelligence, expectations of gender, medical showmanship, patriarchy, the impact of the media and the demands of this extraordinary family. Rosemary’s tragic life constitutes a portrait of America in the 1940s and 1950s. It is a picture that is as relevant today as it was then.

“Irvine’s score has immense variety: dramatic brass dominates, creating musical reflections of psychic dissonance and signalling violence and violation . . . . a striking and memorable show.” - Irish Independent

“sung with pathetic intensity by mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell” - The Irish Times

“Ní Fhearraigh seems the type of singer capable of lighting up every recess of the stage with her voice and presence. Her captivating singing is such you could listen all day, and long into the night”
The Arts Review


Due to government restrictions, we are currently welcoming a reduced audience capacity for this performance. Should restrictions ease we look forward to increasing our audience capacity accordingly.
For your safety and that of those around youn we are operating a pod booking system where all seats next to each other will be booked as one unit.
Please note to attend this event a valid Digital Covid Cert or Covid Recovery Cert will be required.

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