Operating Theatre

operating theatreOperating Theatre was originally formed in 1981 by composer Roger Doyle and performer Olwen Fouere. It operated as both a theatre company, integrating music as an equal partner in the theatrical environment, and as a band releasing records. Roles were flexible within the company in that Fouere also sang and Doyle also acted.

‘Queen Of No Heart’ and ‘Spring Is Coming With A Strawberry In The Mouth’ were the result of an initial collaboration between singer/lyricist Elena Lopez and Roger Doyle and were released by Mother Records, the label set up by U2, as a single by Operating Theatre in 1986, with Lopez on main vocals and drummer Sean Devitt joining the band for this recording.

Roger Doyle has been called ‘the Godfather of Irish electronic music’ by Hot Press and is active as a composer most recently winning the Magisterium Prize at the Bourges International Electro-acoustic music competition in France. He also composed the score for the Bob Quinn movie Budawanny (1987) which starring Donal McCann. Roger’s website contains a welath of material and is well worth checking out.

A double CD to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Operating Theatre was released is available.

Spring Is Coming With A Strawberry In The Mouth (1986)

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One Response to “Operating Theatre”

  1. Fanning Sessions Says:

    A track from the Operating Theatre Fanning session ‘Rampwalk’ will feature on ‘Strange Passion’ an Irish Post Punk compilation on Finders Keepers out in July http://thumped.com/bbs/showthread.php?87239-Strange-Passion-Irish-Post-Punk-comp-on-Finders-Keepers-out-in-July

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