Avril Stanley Commissioner and Body & Soul Director

Mary Hickson Creative Director & Producer

Mia Mullarkey Film Director

Luke Jacobs Director of Photography

Robyn Byrne Eriu/Lead dancer/Choreographer

Doireann Ní Ghríofa Poet

Marie Mullen Voice over

Eoin French Performer & music co-producer

Ross Dowling Music co-producer

Elaine Howley Performer & music co-producer

Kate Ellis Cello

*Featuring Dido's Lament from Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1680).

Katie Hanlan Costume Designer

Muireann Doyle Wardrobe

Maeve Readman Hair and Make-up

Stephanie Dufresne Dancer

Rachel Ní Bhraonain Dancer

Emily Kilkenny Roddy Dancer

Sarah Ryan Dancer

Marion Cronin Dancer

Deirdre Griffin Dancer

Rebecca Roche Production Manager and Social Media

Sian Cunningham General Manager

Mikey Sorro Site Manager

Jack Staines Site Assistant

Slua Event Safety Consultants

Rob Usher Covid Safety Officer

Katie Hensey Medic and Lifeguard

The Nugent Family Custodians of Ballinlough Castle

Eddie Mullarkey Production Manager

Dean Murray Sound Recordist

JJ Sullivan 1st AC

Gosia Zur Clapper/Loader

Noel McElligot Gaffer

Eoghan Hand Best Boy

Fionn Shanahan Lighting Assistant

Martin Osbourne Drone Operator

JJ Rolfe Drone Camera Operator

Nathan Bayliss Special Effects

Colm Farren Assistant Editor

Isaac Gale Assistant Editor

Leandro Arouca / Element Post Colour Grade

Louise Barker/Kearney Melia Barker PR

Bríd O'Donovan Photographer


Jarah Stanley, Lara Nugent, Ryann Foulke & Simone Rocha, Cillian Murphy, Kevin Cahill, Luke,Samuel & Molly Hickson, Shantanu, Breda and Miss Daisy Blue, Darnley Lodge Hotel, Andrea Fahrmeyer, Catherine Martin Green TD, Letitia Stepenske, Gordan, Noel, Zan Comerford, Yvonne McGuinness, Katie Hickson, William Brittelle, the spirit and energy of Ballinlough site and the magical words of John O’Donohue.

A brand-new multidisciplinary project titled ‘Ériu’s Threshold’. The film was created entirely during Stage 5 Lockdown, thanks to the generous support of The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media from the Live Performance Support Scheme.

The film features a re-interpretation of Henry Purcell’s aria Dido’s Lament, which is considered, in classical music, one of the most heart-wrenching portrayals of the passing into death, ‘Ériu’s Threshold’ however, reimagines this aria through the Irish mythological goddess, Ériu. The lament was selected as one of the most powerful and timeless expressions of death and loss.

“Everyone involved had a yearning to create,” says Avril Stanley.

“So many great, talented people came from all corners of Ireland to make sense of this time together. This film features so much Irish creativity; from bespoke fashion to new musical compositions and spoken word poetry. It’s incredible to think that all of this happened during our strictest lockdown.”

“This pandemic life feels like a place of reflection and pause, a time where things become blurred and insecure. Now, more than ever we need to connect and reconnect with what is real and important.” says Creative Director, Mary Hickson.

Through ‘Ériu’s Threshold’, Mary and Avril wanted to declare with certainty the idea that we need to fall to be raised, to crumble to be rebuilt, to die to be reborn; essentially to give a sense of hope for these trying times. “To die and have the courage to be reborn is a potent message of the obligation we have, both personally and as a society, to allow for transformation.” Hickson’s vision is being presented through the inimitable lens of award-winning film director Mia Mullarkey, and features a diverse cast of artists, including voiceover from the Tony-Award winning actress Marie Mullen, and costumes by textile designer Katie Hanlan.

Choreographer and lead dancer Robyn Byrne was invited to embody the spirit of Ériu which is portrayed throughout humanity in nature, culture, and in the divine. Robyn also choreographs a team of 6 dancers who bring the piece to its cathartic climax.

Doireann Ní Ghriofa was invited to create two poems to encapsulate the cyclical nature of birth and death which honour the poignancy of power of chant in ritual.

The search for the right voice to sing the aria inspired many discussions around the female spirit versus the feminine energy. Traditionally sung by sopranos, the team decided instead to call upon the unique vocal power of Eoin French (Talos) to provide a more fragile and vulnerable rendition on a male’s voice – in an effort to dispel the notion of male versus female, but instead to look at how they hold and support each other. Eoin is accompanied by musicians Elaine Howley (The Altered Hours), and Kate Ellis (Crash Ensemble), and the track is co-produced with Ross Dowling.

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