This Hostel Life review: direct provision explored through often-anguished sounds

Staging of Irish National Opera work based on short stories by Melatu Uchenna Okorie in medieval crypt was inspired

The life experiences of migrants living in Ireland today are the subject of Evangelia Rigaki’s new, specially-commissioned installation opera, This Hostel Life. Photograph: INO

The life experiences of migrants living in Ireland today are the subject of Evangelia Rigaki’s new, specially-commissioned installation opera, This Hostel Life. Photograph: INO

This Hostel Life

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
★★★★☆

Christ Church Cathedral’s spacious medieval crypt was an inspired choice for Evangelia Rigaki’s installation-opera in a production by Irish National Opera. The libretto is derived from three short stories by Melatu Uchenna Okorie, from her collection This Hostel Life based on her experience of over eight years in Ireland’s direct provision scheme, so much to the fore in recent news stories.

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