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ZOONOSIS, a bedroom pop-opera about lifeforms in lockdown

Performed by members of Dublin Youth Theatre
Concept and songs by Cal Folger Day
Recordings co-produced by Phil Christie
Original production directed by Tom Creed

"The earth is healing"
In spring 2020, our cast (14 young people, aged 15-22) interviewed friends and family about their experiences during the pandemic, and a strong focus emerged on relationships with non-human residents of the planet: pets at home, plants where we walk, wild species moving into unpeopled city centers. The spoken excerpts you hear are from those interviews. The lyrics of the songs reflect an investigation into that theme, a research rabbithole about the language we use to talk about nature and the history of the environmental movement.

The show we made exists as a website, which we invite you to experience at www.ZOONOSIS.ie -- there is a sequence of videos as well as clickable links to sources and related material. The rehearsal, development, and recording process was almost entirely conducted remotely from our homes via phones and laptops.

Half of the profits from sales of this album go directly to Dublin Youth Theatre to support their ongoing work in providing a performance arts education to young people. Please consider an additional donation here: dublinyouththeatre.com/support-dyt/


released December 4, 2020

The ZOONOSIS band:
Adeyemi Adebiri
Aoife Connelly O'Sullivan
Arianna Gallagher
Brandon Lyons
Charlie Silke
Ciara Cochrane
Ella Barton
Emma Flaherty
Joy Sherwood
Marcus MacGabhann
Milo O'Rourke
Ruairi Phelan
Shane Griffin
Tara O'Riordan

Original production team:
Cal Folger Day, composer & musical director
Tom Creed, director
Ursula McGinn, producer
Katie Davenport, designer
Áine O'Hara, website
John Gunning, technical director
Kevin Murphy, movement director
Phil Christie, music engineer
Ruán Murgatroyd, technical assistant
Pamela McQueen, dramaturg
Ste Murray, graphic design & photography
Sibéal Ní Mhaoileoin, social media
Graham O'Neill, programme coordinator (DYT)
Angie Gough, general manager (DYT)
David Kelly, artistic director (DYT)

Mastering by Seán Mac Erlaine
Album cover design by Brent McCormick


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