A living room opera in Ireland

Performed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Katherine O’Malley with a sound-score performed by composer Tom Lane and musician Rory Grubb, and directed by Maeve Stone, Wake is a collaboration between some Ireland’s brightest talent and one of Australia’s most ground-breaking companies, Chamber Made Opera.

The heart of a home is revealed. Memories of the past haunt the corridors, old love and fresh wounds sing through walls, as a woman struggles to take control of her future.

Commissioned by the Limerick City of Culture, Wake is a response to the ancient ‘Curse on Limerick’ by St Munchin who grew so furious at the lack of help from locals in building his church that he prayed strangers would prosper in the town whilst locals would remain forever unfortunate and unsuccessful.

“So authentic, so stylish and accomplished, it beggars a fitting description… Bravo to all concerned. ‘Wake’ is an astonishing triumph.”

“The Australian Company, imported by Limerick City of Culture to collaborate with an array of talented Irish artists, manifests its mission statement of re-inventing our bellowing, big-lunged impressions of what “opera” can be.”

“The real achievement of wake is the experience that it delivers for audiences.”

“Wake is both stark and gentle, a rough-cut gem of a piece that thrums with depth.”

Wake was commissioned and funded by the Limerick City of Culture.