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Recent Things

The Seam and the Drop
A short fiction, Mercurius magazine, 2021

A Departmental Report on the Place that Laura Fitzgerald Made
for Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 2021

Even at Home We are Never Alone
Kit Downes & Sally O'Reilly
Grand Junction, London
17 March 2021

An evening of spoken word and music, with Kit playing several instruments, including the church’s organ and pipe organ, plus special guests Ruth Goller (bass) and Tom Challenger (reeds).

Three-Scoop Complicator
15 January – 19 February 2021

A season of video and audio works.

Each week, the Complicator extracted three pieces from the mesh. Some are essayistic, many narrative, a few instructional or taxonomical. Most are fantastical, absurd and deeply serious. They hinge on talking heads, talking body parts, talking creatures, talking things, invented institutions, infrastructures and processes. Some were made in lieu of talks, for performances, in response to archives, for fun; some solo, some collaboratively. Music and language spills throughout. And everything is complicating.

Puss in Boots
The Open Arms
24th December 2020 - 31st January 2021

By Sally O'Reilly,
with Sean Ashton, Anat Ben David, Peter Blegvad, Klara Kofen, Neil Luck, Matt Rogers, James Oldham, Lauren Silver, Paul Tarragó, Jennet Thomas and friends...

Puss in Boots

The Open Arms public house

The Open Arms unbolted its doors when all other pubs closed theirs. It is a focus for and record of locked-down conviviality. Dive in for a swift sharpener or settle down to a hearty session. Turn the music up or off, avoid anyone you don't like the look of. The place is yours. And better still - everything is on the house.

Things in Limbo

She Described It to Death

Music: Matt Rogers
Libretto: Sally O'Reilly
Director: Anna Morrissey

Royal Opera House, London, 2020 - CANCELLED

She Described It to Death

What would happen if humans lived as long as trees? This new chamber opera speculates on how near-immortality might change our understanding of what is truly important. Its complex story reflects our often-disastrous relationship with narrative itself.

Commissioned and produced by Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.