'The Long Christmas Dinner'

Music for theatre
(2021)
Sound Designer

Run time: 60 minutes

Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Raymond Keane and Sarah Jane Scaife
An Abbey Theatre production

Performances:
Peacock Theatre (Nov-Dec 2021)

'The Long Christmas Dinner'

Roderick II: Liam Bixby
Roderick I: Bryan Burroughs
Charles: Emmet Byrne
Mother Bayard: Rachael Dowling
Sam: Eoin Fullston
Genevieve: Fionnuala Gygax
Lucia II: Aisling Kearns
Nurse: Fiona Lucia McGarry
Ermengarde: Máire Ní Ghráinne
Leonora: Rachel O’Byrne
Cousin Brandon: Will O’Connell
Lucia I: Valerie O’Connor
Written by: Thornton Wilder
Directed by: Sarah Jane Scaife and Raymond Keane
Costume Design: Sinead Cuthbert
Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
Set Design: Sally Withnell

Synopsis:
‘The Long Christmas Dinner’ by Thornton Wilder is a gift-wrapped seasonal gem, guaranteed to delight and surprise. In this shapeshifting meditation on family, progress, death, and renewal, we see the Bayard family experience 90 Christmas dinners over 90 years.
Compressed into 60 minutes of playing time, The Long Christmas Dinner gives us a moment to pause and reflect on our own families, what has been lost to us, and what Christmas means for each of us.

★★★★
'with an excellent ensemble, this is a perfect seasonal morsel'
The Irish Examiner

★★★★
'a gently paced reflection on the idea that every present moment comes from the past'
The Sunday Times

★★★★
The Irish Mail on Sunday

'a ghostly telling of a dreamlike curiosity'
The Irish Times

'very beautiful'
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