Kevin O'Connell & James Conway

My Love, My Umbrella

A young man has come to Dublin in search of love, he meets a pretty girl and after a few drinks he sees her home in the rain. They shelter for a time under an umbrella up a lane- and then it all happens. 

Lovers kiss in rainy night streets .. fathers and sons do silent battle in the hayfields of the west..a new watch tricks and dissolves in a barrel of poison.. 

John McGahern's Ireland is dramatised in anew opera by Kevin O'Connell and James Conway.Based on three of his most celebrated stories.My Love , My Umbrella is a bittersweet chronicle of love and time. Opera Theatre Company's direct,unassuming productions have been touring all parts of Ireland for over ten years ;recently the company has given acclaimed performances in New York, Paris , London, and Lisbon. As special commision for the the Year of Opera and Music Theatre, My Love ,My Umbrella began it's tour in the eastern region of England before a national tour in Ireland

My Love, My Umbrella conducted by Robert Dean,designed by Stephen McManus, and directed by Chrissie Poulter with costumes by Monica Ennis;it is performed by and the Opera Theatre Ensemble.

Tour Details

Thurs 9 & Fri 10 October STAMFORD Stamford Arts Centre
Tue 14 October BOSTON Blackfriars Arts Centre
Thurs 16 October COLCHESTER Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 18 October CHELMSFORD Chancellor Hall
Tues 21 October GAINSBOROUGH Trinity Arts Center
Sat 25 October BEDFORD Bowen West Theatre
Wed 29 October HUDDERSFIELD Lawrence Batley Theatre
Fri 31 October & Sat 1 November DUBLIN Samuel Beckett Centre
Tue 4 November DROGHEDA Droichead Arts Centre
Fri 7 November GALWAY An Taibhdhearc
Sun 9 November KILTIMAGH Town Hall Theatre
Tue 11 November LONGFORD Backstage Theatre
Fri 14 November BELFAST Old Museum Arts Centre

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Production Information


Three young men Niall Morris
Three young woman Fiona McAndrew
An older man/ father to the young man/ Jerry,a politician/ bartender,landlord,band conductor / bus driver Richard Jackson
Rose, the young man's stepmother Kate McCarney

Production Team

Director Chrissie Poulter
Conductor Robert Dean
Designer Stephen McManus

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