Opera at the Lime Tree: Least Like the Other

Opera at the Lime Tree: Least Like the Other

Searching for Rosemary Kennedy

The Irish National Opera at the Lime Tree Theatre is proud to present this work created by Brian Irvine and Netia Jones

“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

An explosive and thought-provoking opera at the Lime Tree 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.

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Opera at the Lime Tree: Least Like the Other

Least Like The Other

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Opera at the Lime Tree Synopsis


This opera at the Lime Tree explores 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.

“a thought provoking and intense 70 minutes of musical theatre that gives a fresh perspective on the Kennedy back story”

Irish National Opera Orchestra

Originally presented by Galway International Arts Festival

World premiere of new version in 16-track surround sound with live singers and pre-recorded orchestra

Sung in English with English surtitles


Duration 70 mins, no interval

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Mezzo-soprano Sept 11, 14, 16, 18, 22, 25 
Soprano Sept 15, 17          
Amy Ní Fhearraigh
 Stephanie Dufresne
Ronan Leahy
Voice Over
Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Creative Team

Fergus Sheil
Director/Designer/Video Designer    
Netia Jones
Lighting Designer
Sinead Wallace
Sound Designer
David Sheppard
Muirne Bloomer
Assistant Director
Aoife Spillane-Hinks


  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchange or refunds.
  • Seating is limited to 60% capacity.
  • Wearing of mask/face covering is compulsory while in the auditorium.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • On street parking.

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