The Scorched Earth Trilogy is a trio of satirical operas which reflect on the environmental disaster we are facing, and the lack of serious climate action.
Projected onto walls as street art operas, the trilogy may make you laugh, but they may also make you demand change. This is opera as activism.
These short works by Ireland’s Dumbworld and Irish National Opera tackle some of our most pressing concerns with coruscating humour and wit, using a highly original mix of street art, animation, contemporary orchestral music and opera in their search for answers. The films challenge our complacency and provoke both entertaining and uncomfortable responses.
“Anarchic and funny … satirical and bang up to date … short, sharp, sardonic commentaries on the climate crisis” – The Sunday TimesMore information
Dumbworld is a multidisciplinary, creative production company based in Belfast working across opera, oratorio, performance, animation, film and digital technology to create innovative, relevant and inspiring contemporary performance art. Founded by composer Brian Irvine and writer/director John McIlduff, the company has won or been shortlisted for many awards including the British Composers Award, Irish Times Theatre Award, Irish Allianz Arts Award, Ellen Stewart International Arts Award, Total Theatre Award for Innovation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award.
Irish National Opera produces high-quality, accessible opera in venues throughout Ireland and overseas. The company is dedicated to showcasing internationally acclaimed, world-class Irish opera singers alongside guest artists from all over the world. It is also committed to maximising public engagement with opera, using community engagement and digital innovation to reach new audiences. The company has won or been shortlisted for many awards, including the Olivier Awards, Irish Times Theatre Awards, International Opera Awards, and the FEDORA Digital Prize.