This Hostel Life

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

This Hostel Life

A new installation opera based on stories written by Melatu Uche Okorie while she was living in direct provision. Produced by Irish National Opera.


As audiences descend into the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, they will be submerged into the overlapping sounds and messages of scenarios presented by a chorus and three pairings of singer and instrumentalist. By moving between the stories being played out simultaneously in the crypt, listeners will make their own sense of a troubling world that is known only to immigrants.


Dublin-based Greek composer Evangelia Rigaki found the words she needed for her new work on the experience of transition in the writing of the Nigerian writer Melatu Uche Okorie. Their installation opera, This Hostel Life, is based on short stories Melatu wrote about the memories and experiences of immigrants while she herself was in direct provision.


The scenes will repeat and play continuously, allowing audience members to come and go during the two-hour performance window. Everyone can experience the opera at their own pace and in their own unique way. By moving through and around the stories playing simultaneously, listeners will make their own sense of a troubling world that is alien and hidden to most of us.



Essential Information


Event Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8. 

Date:  Thursday, September 26, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019

Time: 8.00pm to 10.00pm - the Audience can arrive and leave at any stage.

Admission Prices:  €15, €10 student

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Our Location

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.

By BUS: Christchurch Place is on several bus routes, including 123, 13, 27, 40, 49, 77a and 77x - see for information.

By LUAS: Christ Church is served by the Luas Red Line. Get off at the Four Courts stop and cross the river on to Winetavern Street.

By TRAIN: Christ Church is located 15 minutes walk from Heuston and 20 minutes walk from Connolly Rail Stations, both of which are served by the number 90 bus which stops on both sides of the quays directly opposite the cathedral.

By DART: Christ Church is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Tara Street Dart Station.

CAR PARKING: The nearest car park is Q-Park Christ Church, accessed from Werburgh Street, just across from the cathedral. It is a 24-hour car park.


GPS Coordinates & MAP

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 53.34351299999999, Longitude -6.271060199999965