The Invader



Based on The Bacchae of Euripides

May 2014

Eric Sweeney’s strikingly beautiful composition will be brought to the stage creating a contemporary world familiar to us all, which gives the illusion of control until we look up one night and see emerging from the darkness, beyond the gleaming glass walls; a figure, at once gentle and terrible, a charismatic invader, looking to be admitted, and after whom nothing can ever be the same.

The Invader was 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 2014.


Telman Guzevsky

Julian Tovey

Natasha Jouhl

Alison Browner

Creative Team:
Composer & Musical Director: Eric Sweeney

Librettist: Mark Roper

Director: Ben Barnes

Designer: Monica Frawley

Lighting: John Comiskey

Movement: Libby Seward

Orchestra includes ConTempo Quartet

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