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Drive by Shooting

As with much opera it's a story of passion and revenge, but this one plays out an age-old scene of betrayal and revenge on a grimy city street, as two octogenarians on zimmer frames stage a hit on a cheating husband.

Drive by Shooting, written and directed by John McIlduff, with a huge soundtrack composed by Brian Irvine, is a 10 minute looped graffiti style, animated opera video projection, designed to be projected as a life size image on walls in an urban context.

The synced soundtrack is broadcast through a dedicated wifi network and on a radio frequency. People can therefore tune in on their phones or through portable radios.

An old woman has discovered that her husband of 60 years has been having an affair with the next door neighbour and chases after him to “Shoot the fecker in the pecker” which is Dublinspeak for shoot the very bad man where it hurts the most. The woman’s friend tries to stop her but is won over by a simple argument: she will be better taken care of in prison than on her pitiful pension!

Conceived and created by Brian Irvine and John McIlduff.

Commissioned by Ruairi O’Cuiv at Dublin City Council.

Nominated for the Total Theatre Awards for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form (2018)



Culture Night Belfast, 22 Sept 2017

Irish National Opera Launch, 9 Jan 2018

Operadagen Festival Rotterdam, 22-24 May 2018

Edinburgh Fringe: Summerhall Festival, 1-26 August 2018

Dublin Fringe Festival: Dublin Streets, 18-23 Sept 2018

Albeburgh Festival: 8th – 15th June 2019

Sonica Festival Galsgow: 7-9th November 2019

Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave 2019 October 27th – November 2nd 2019


Composer: Brian Irvine

Writer & Director: John McIlduff

Orchestra Conductor: Fergus Shiel
Performed by: Doreen Curran, Sylvia O’Brien & Dan Reardon – RTE Concert Orchestra
Costume Designer: Clodagh Deegan
Project Manager: Bettina Gigante