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Irish National Opera presents Trade / Mary Motorhead


Irish National Opera presents Trade / Mary Motorhead

Wed 16 Oct, 7:30pm

Two searing one-act operas. 


Irish composer Emma O’Halloran has turned two of her uncle Mark O’Halloran’s plays into a critically acclaimed double bill.

Mary Motorhead
Mary Motorhead has been locked in a prison cell after stabbing her husband in the head with a 12-inch carving knife. While he lies in intensive care, Mary reflects on the events that have brought this turbulent rural marriage to such a crisis.

In a guesthouse in Dublin’s north inner city, a vulnerable and confused young rent boy sits with a middle-aged client. The older man has blood on his shirt. A lot has happened since the two last met.

Running time is 2 hours including one interval.

Sung in English.

A co-production with Beth Morrison Projects.

European premiere co-presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: This production contains Strobe Lighting, Flashing Lights, Smoke and Haze.

AGE GUIDANCE: Recommended 18+ contains themes of an adult nature.

*Performance schedule and times are subject to change and may be affected by illness or events beyond the producers’ or venues’ control. Performers, dates, times, prices, and fees are subject to change without notice.


Tickets €33 | €27*

*Booking fees may apply

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Cast and Creative Team


Naomi Louisa O’Connell Mary Motorhead


Oisín Ó Dálaigh Younger Man
John Molloy Older Man


Elaine Kelly Conductor
Tom Creed Director
Alex Dowling Electronic Sound Designer
Jim Findlay Set Designer
Christopher Kuhl Lighting Designer
Montana Levi Blanco Costume Designer
Aoife Moran Répétiteur
Chris Kelly Assistant Director

Irish National Opera presents Trade / Mary Motorhead

  • vivid … daring … the intensity never flags

    The New York Times
  • Rarely, if ever, does every element — score, text, singers, instrumentalists, conductor, director, sets, costumes, lighting, sound design — all come together. This is that rarity

    LA Times
  • It’s 21st-century verismo, using psychological revelations instead of physical violence as dramatic catalysts