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A large navy and blue image of an eye, with white imagery of a group of women. Two large large navy and black circles create a pupil and an iris at the centre of the image. At the base are six female performers cast in white. All are looking up, hands reaching out towards the centre of the eye.

Opera: Possession by Amanda Coogan at the Project Arts Centre

21 - 24 Feb 2024 (Past)

Project Arts Centre, 39 Essex St East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Possession….desire for it causes all the trouble.

An audacious new opera bringing the artist Amanda Coogan and composer Linda Buckley together with collaborators Alvean Jones, Lianne Quigley and the community artists of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. Based on a script from the deaf artist Teresa Deevy,  Possession  muses on the story of An Taín told through the eyes of Queen Medb. Combining Irish Sign Language with experimental sonic and vocal composition, this production explores one of our foundational myths with a fresh perspective on diversity in storytelling, connecting our past with our future.

Irish Sign Language and unique abilities of the performers of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will be at the forefront of this production. It will be a feast for the senses – working from Coogan’s visual art practice, Buckley’s music of mythic magic and the physical dexterity and passion of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf.

This performance is performed using ISL as the primary language suitable for ISL users and hearing audiences.

Possesion runs from February 21 to 24 at the Space Upstairs a the Project Arts Centre, including a matinee on Saturday 24 February. For more details, the full cast, and booking information visit projectartscentre.ie.

You can learn more about Amanda Coogan’s work and her previous work below. Possession is part of ART:2023 – A Decade of Centenaries.


The Possession Project at the Hugh Lane Gallery in June 2022. The performance by Amanda Coogan was in collaboration with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and South East Technological University. Collaborating with Deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones, Coogan explores Deevy’s unpublished script Possession, a ballet treatment.



Amanda Coogan
ISL Interperated
Project Arts Centre