The Second Violinist Black Box Theatre, Galway, July 26-30 7pm (Sat mat 2pm) ¤32-¤40 giaf.ie
Following Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s first collaboration on an opera, 2015’s The Last Hotel, the writer and composer combine forces again for another hybrid production, staged by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. Where the first show found room for the actor Mikel Murfi to scuttle through an opera like an entertaining intruder, the new show finds an opera erupting around actor Aaron Monaghan (right), who plays a failing musician, recently and catastrophically single, buffeted between the quotidian digital distractions, pleading voice messages and darkening fantasies of his life in contemporary Dublin. What is his relationship, then, to the lascivious and violent opera that comes to life: is he watcher or participant? And can we digital slaves find our alter-egos in high art, or does this banal existence have to play second fiddle?