101% Funded


Target: €10000


€10,170 Raised


45 Funders

The Invader Opera - Adopt a Soprano

By Theatre Royal Productions


The Invader will be the first opera to premiere in The Theatre Royal in Waterford City since 1792 and we need your help to make history happen. It is being produced by Theatre Royal Productions and presented as a major civic event to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Waterford in May 2014. By contributing to our "Adopt a Soprano" campaign, no matter how small the amount, you will be helping us to bring a little bit of magic to Waterford, Ireland's oldest City and your contribution may buy a Soprano some lozenges, feed her up on pizzas and cornettos during the long rehearsal days or even help her get back to her loved ones in the far flung corners of the world after the production ....but fear not, our Sopranos will always love you dearly for helping. Welcome to the family!

The Invader is a new Irish opera created by composer Eric Sweeney and poet Mark Roper and it is being directed by Ben Barnes. Inspired by the parable of The Bacchae, from the great Greek playwright Euripides, composer Eric Sweeney & poet Mark Roper have brought this story of human folly and divine anger to life. The opera carries us on a fascinating journey of transformation; blurring the lines between laughter and anguish, repression and uninhibited sexuality, reason and illusion, kindness and cruelty.

Director Ben Barnes and his team have set Eric Sweeney's strikingly beautiful music in a contemporary world familiar to us all where the illusion of control overlays an atmosphere of suspense. From the darkness which lies beyond the walls of our world, The Invader stealthily emerges and waits to be admitted. A charismatic figure, at once gentle and terrible, after whom nothing can ever be the same!

The Invader promises to be a vibrant, stylish production of a stirring, boldly structural and lyrical composition. An international cast will deliver an original and stimulating evening for the seasoned opera lover and first timer alike.

The international cast includes Telman Guzevsky, Joe Corbett, Natasha Jouhl, Alison Browner & an orchestra lead by RTÉ ConTempo Quartet.

Composer & Musical Director, Eric Sweeney | Librettist, Mark Roper | Director, Ben Barnes | Designer, Monica Frawley | Lighting, John Comiskey | Movement, Libby Seward.

Want to find out more? Go to theatreroyal.ie | facebook.com/TheatreRoyalProductions | twitter@TheatreRoyalPro



Your Rewards

Hi Everyone, I recently sent out an email to you all notifying you that your rewards can be collected from the Theatre Royal box office from today, Thursday 23/05/2014. If this doesn't suit please send me on your postal address to ashleytheatreroyal@gmail.com and i will gladly post you your reward. If you are coming to the show, have a ball! We will see you there. Regards Ashley

Thank You

To all our friends and supporters thank you so much for helping us exceed our goal of €10,000 for The Invader. We will be in touch with each of you in the coming days with details of your rewards. We are only days away from the main event and we are really excited. We are proud to share the occassion with you our contributors. Keep an eye on your emails and we look forward to seeing you all soon. Regards Ashley and The Invader team


With 15 minutes still to go on our campaign we would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has helped us on this project. Every like, share, retweet and of course donation has meant so much to us as we are all so passionate about The Invader. We successfully reached our €10,000 goal and even exceeded it slightly which is has left us somewhat overwhelmed. We look forward to sending our contributors their rewards in the coming weeks and we hope to see you at The Invader. Thank You all, The Invader team xxx

All or Nothing!! 21 hours to go!

Dear Funders, We are at the nail biting stage here! In 21 hours we have to try and make €850. If we don't reach our target we don't receive a dime! We are asking all of you, our very generous contributors, to rally a friend on board and ask them to donate €20 or whatever they can, to help this campaign become a success story. We appreciate every penny and we thank you from the bottom of our grey stone hearts ( oooh wait, that's The Invader) from the bottom of our warm kind hearts. Yours most gentle, most terrible Ashley and all of the Theatre Royal Productions crew

1 week to go!

Hi again, Wow! We can't believe its gone so fast and we are down to the last week of the campaign. Thank you to all our new contributors since our last activity update. We are hoping for a real surge in donations in the next few days. If you haven't yet shared our Adopt a Soprano campaign with your friends please do, it will really help. Rehearsals for The Invader start next week and we are looking forward to getting you some exciting behind the scenes footage. Until then, take care. The Invader Team

We've nearly reached our First THOUSAND!

Hi everybody, Thank you so much for contributing to The Invader. As a little thank you, if you go to our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheatreRoyalProductions we will introduce you to some of the team.They have bravely taken selfies so you can put a face to names involved in this exciting project Also, don't forget to tell all your friends about The Invader and our FundIt campaign! SHARE SHARE SHARE We will back soon with more updates and back stage news on The Invader.

funders (45)

There are 35 public funders of this project

There are 10 anonymous funders of this project