The Cold Sings explores themes of female identity and mental health, drawing from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, her poetry and personal letters. The work captures our struggle with the inner self, our private strengths and societal entrapment through Plath’s personal mythology.
Mirroring the many selves of Plath, The Cold Sings blends dance, text, music and a 1950s setting into an intimate, visceral experience for the audience. Performed by an exceptional cast of Irish and international dancers, singers and musicians and created by multi-award-winning dance innovators.
Direction and Creation Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy
Choreography Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy, in collaboration with the cast
Performers Walé Adebusuyi, Robyn Byrne, Kevin Coquelard, Lucia Kickham, Julie Koenig, Sean X
Scenography Valerie Reid
Dramaturgy and Collaboration Jo Timmins
Music and Sound Design Denis Clohessy
Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shiels
Costume Design Sarah Bacon
Costume Assistant Laura Fajardo Castro
Musicians Mary Barnecutt, Caitriona Frost, Katerina Speranskaya
Song Lyrics Dennis Kennedy, John Dryden (The Cold Song by Henry Purcell)
Vocal Coach Danny Forde
Stage Manager Jennifer Aust
Assistant Stage Manager Liusaidh Hopper
Production Managers Adam Nolan and Baz O’Donovan
Line Producer Michelle Cahill
Producer Gwen Van Spÿk
Photography Fionn McCann
Contains loud music and potential reference to self-harm.
Funded by The Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon Arts Grant Fund. Supported by Dance Ireland.
'Big, powerful' The Times ★★★★
'Surreal, beautiful and extraordinarily human’ The List ★★★★★