Maeve Stone


Commissioned by Limerick City of Culture 2014

Produced by Chamber Made Opera

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.

It is being presented by Chamber Made Opera as a site-specific art installation piece as part of their #IntimatelyEpic series in Melbourne.

#IntimatelyEpic is an installation project that aims to transform everyday, small acts into something sublime and epic, using images, film, music and sound from the edge of opera.

Taking place in North Melbourne from 17 November to 5 December 2015, #IntimatelyEpiccan be found in a range of businesses and venues. Members of the public may come across the installations as they go about their daily lives. You can visit the area, find one of our postcard maps and seek out all the artworks.


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

The Australian Company [Chamber Made Opera], 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. – VULGO

Wake is a journey into the eye of the storm. 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.
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 of Ireland’s brightest talent and one of Australia’s most ground-breaking companies, Chamber Made Opera.

Watch Christie Stott’s Companion Video Piece  HERE

To read the reflections of Chamber Made Opera’s Emerging Writer in Residence, Patrick McCarthy, on the creative process behind Wake, click here.

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Maeve Stone (IRE) Director
Tom Lane (IRE) Composer & Sound Designer
Christie Stott (AUS) Video Designer

Saileóg O’Halloran (IRE) Costume Designer
Tamara Saulwick (AUS) Dramaturg
Katherine O’Malley (IRE) Performer & Choreographer
Rory Grubb (IRE) Musician & Sound Design

Pius McGrath (IRE) Technician
Fionnuala Gygax (IRE) Assistant Director
Jo Mangan (IRE) Commissioning Programmer
Pan Pan Theatre (IRE) Administration/Local Auspice
Produced by Chamber Made Opera (AUS)

Commissioned and funded by the Limerick City of Culture.

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