Irish National Opera
An explosive and thought–provoking work of experimental music theatre. It traces events in the life of Rosemary, eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, sister of JFK, using heavily redacted materials from the archives, and only recently pieced together by biographers and academics.
The events in Rosemary’s difficult life leading up to her disastrous lobotomy at the age of 23 by the ‘kings of lobotomy’, Walter Freeman and James Watts, create an exploration of definitions of intelligence, expectations of gender, medical showmanship, patriarchy, the impact of the media and the demands of this extraordinary family. Rosemary’s life creates a portrait of America in the 1940s and 1950s. It is a picture that is as relevant today as it was then.