Meet the Team

Community Members

Meet the people at the heart of Out of the Ordinary/As an nGnách, an opera co-created with participants from all over Ireland, including residents of the island of Inis Meáin off the West Coast, teenagers across rural Ireland and adults living in Tallaght and South Dublin. Their collective imagination, commitment, talent and collaboration is what made Out of the Ordinary/As an nGnách possible.

Professional Team

The creative professionals collaborating on Out of the Ordinary/As an nGnách are some of the foremost artists working in their respective artforms in Ireland today. Director Jo Mangan is a leading expert in creative storytelling with experience in site specific theatre (theatre that is made for a particular location, typically outside of a theatre) and VR performance art. Composer Finola Merivale has been chosen to compose the opera because of her specific interest in co-creation and virtual reality as a new medium for operatic expression. Librettist (the person responsible for writing the words that are sung) Jody O’Neill brings her years of experience writing for screen and stage to shape the story of the opera in response to input and feedback from the community. The team at Algorithm creative production studios offer their unique approach to incorporating cutting-edge technology in the creation of stunning visual experiences while Camille Donegan from Virtual Reality Ireland has contributed her years of experience in the arts and immersive technologies to help inform the development of the work. Nil Venditti conducts soprano Daire Halpin, mezzo-soprano Naomi-Louisa O’Connell and a chamber ensemble of professional musicians.

Composer Finola Merivale
Sound Designer Finola Merivale
Director Jo Mangan
Librettist Jody O’Neill
Conductor Nil Venditti
Soprano Daire Halpin
Mezzo-soprano Naomi-Louisa O’Connell
Violin Larissa O'Grady
Viola Gawain Usher
Cello Yseult Cooper Stockdale
Double Bass Aura Stone
Flute Susan Doyle
Clarinet Seamus Wylie
Tallaght Choral Society Chorus Master Lynsey Callaghan
Inis Meáin Chorus Master Mary Claire Ryan, Molly De Búrca
Répétiteurs Patrice Keegan, Edward Holly
Set designer Florentina Burcea
Audience Facilitator Eoin O Sullivan, David Toolan, May Cahill, Donall Courtney, Adam O’Sullivan
For Algorithm
Creative Director Daniel Staines
Producer Talma O’Sullivan
Art Director Ross Ryder, Anna Lawlor
Game Designer Conor Keogh, Dillon O’Sullivan
Audio Designer Jim Richard
Titles Muirin Goulding
For Virtual Reality Ireland
VR Producer Camille Donegan, Terry Madigan
For Nuwa
Audio Producer Edu Prado
Production Assistant Guillaume Auvray
Audio Assistants Fergal McKeown, Kevin Frieden

Audio Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin

Website Design Path
Graphic Design Colin Derham
Composition Typesetter Adam Collins
Photography Jeda de Brí
Promotional Video Mark Cantan, Emilija Jefremova
Evaluation Researcher Caoimhe Wandell-Branigan
Translators Bríd Ní Ghruagháin
Thomas Hallahan
Niall Comer
Bríd Treasa Wyndham
Muireann Ní Dhubhghaill
Workshop Facilitators Ceara Conway
Sorcha Hegarty
Darach Mac Con Iomaire
David Lordan
Finola Merivale
Shane Sutton
Prop maker Ian Thompson
Rug fabrication Frances White, Dolores Kavanagh
Unreal spatial audio consultan Oisín Ryan
Technical support Cooperative Innovations
Vocal consultant Naomi-Louisa O’Connell
Additional Thanks
François Matarasso
Cuan Ó Seireadáin
Conradh na Gaeilge
Music Generation Offaly / Westmeath
The Civic
Tania Banotti
Jan Pfitzer
Tallaght Choral Society and South Dublin County Council
Community Participants
Emily Aasen Robyn Carey
Caitlín Bent Abigail Casey
Aoife Bentout Amy Clarke
Brigid Bergin Mooney Emily Concannon
Collette Blackmore Maureen Concannon
Ray Blackmore Caro Condon
Grace Boon Susan Condon
Cathy Booth Patricia Conlon
Fionnuala Boyle Collette Connell
Aisling Breathnach Roisín Cooney
Amy Brennan Aobha Corroon
Róisín Brennan Saoirse Coughlan
Andrew Broadbent Amber Jordan Cunningham-Moorât
Lynn Broderick Cathy Dalton
Mary Byrne Cara Davey
Maureen Callaghan Aaron Doyle
Eva Carroll Declan Doyle
Community Participants
Michelle Faherty Emma Kenny
Nalva Faherty Dr Vincent Kenny
Ciara Flaherty Niall Kerney
Jimmy Frawley Aisling Kilkelly
Orla Gildea Mick Kilkelly
Megan Griffith Keane Gerri Lyttle
Emily Hanlon Dara Madden
Claire Harrington Anthony Mason
Katie Harrison Rachel Anne Marshall
Eileen Healy Rebecca Marshall
Frances Heaney Seán McBride
Sandra Heelan Paula McCann
Amelia Hegarty Ann McEwan
Indya Higgins Mia McEvoy
Anne Howard Paul McGee
Eva Kavanagh Anne McGinn
Anna Kelly Rhiannon McGrath
Raphael Kelly Clare McHugh
Community Participants
Des McInerney Liam O Ceallaigh
Rita McIver Adrian Ó Coincheanainn
Ruth McKenna Alannah O Connell
Kirsten McKiver Máirtín Ó Conghaile
Julia Melia Kevin Ó Fátharta
Jared Mouzarariss Séamus Ó Maitiú
Kate Mulvey Lorraine O'Reilly
Mary Murphy Ronan Smith
Laura Neville Aidín O'Sullivan
Freddie Ní Almhain Jerry O'Sullivan
Róisín Ní Bhraonáin Elaine Peden
Chloe Ní Chonghaile Zarah Peeters
Gráinne Ní Chonghaile Sheila Power-Lynch
Helen Ní Chríodáin Saoirse Scully
Ciara Ní Fhátharta Sarah Talbot
Mairéad Ní Fhátharta Veronica Ryan
Úna Ní Fhlannagáin Uta Bean Uí Almhain
Aedín Ní Thiarnaigh Róisín Vigors
Community Participants
Hilary Walsh
Ronja Werner
Ken Whelan
Nessrine Zouai