Drive by Shooting

Drive by Shooting, written and directed by John McIlduff, with a huge soundtrack composed by Brian Irvine, is a 10 minute looped graffiti style, animated opera video projection, designed to be projected as a life size image on walls in an urban context.

The synced soundtrack is broadcast through a dedicated wifi network and on a radio frequency. People can therefore tune in on their phones or through portable radios.

As with much opera it’s a story of passion and revenge, but this one plays out an age-old scene of betrayal and revenge on a grimy city street, as two octogenarians on zimmer frames stage a hit on a cheating husband. An old woman has discovered that her husband of 60 years has been having an affair with the next door neighbour and chases after him to “Shoot the fecker in the pecker” which is Dublinspeak for shoot the very bad man where it hurts the most. The woman’s friend tries to stop her but is won over by a simple argument: she will be better taken care of in prison than on her pitiful pension!

Conceived and created by Brian Irvine and John McIlduff.

Commissioned by Ruairi O’Cuiv at Dublin City Council.


Production History

Friday 22nd September @ Belfast Culture Night 2017
Hill Street Carpark


Composer: Brian Irvine

Writer & Director: John McIlduff

Orchestra Conductor: Fergus Shiel
Performed by: Doreen Curran, Sylvia O’Brien & Dan Reardon – RTE Concert Orchestra
Costume Designer: Clodagh Deegan
Project Manager: Bettina Gigante