Created and directed by Jen Heyes. Composed and written by Ailís Ní Ríain, Treasured was a large scale, multi-media, site-specific theatre work for Liverpool’s iconic Anglican Cathedral commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy and its links to Liverpool.


“Treasured is a clever, eerie, disturbing piece of work. Cut to the Chase Productions told a tale of dreams shattered, of greed which met a sorry end, of power and dominance which met the power of nature – and came off the worse. It should be seen.” – The Arts Desk

“Ailis Ni Riain’s original composition for a lone trumpet player, performed live by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brendan Ball adds a strong layer to proceedings, the simplicity cuts through the evening perfectly.” – The Public Reviews

“Successfully avoiding most of the clichés – both musical and narrative – that have a way of attaching themselves to tales of great tragedy. Not easily pigeonholed, the work incorporates storytelling, aerial theatre, dramatic projections and music in following the liner’s story from construction to collision.” – Liverpool Daily Post

“Metaphor and irony resound throughout – you are, quite literally, embarking on something extraordinary as you make your way to the great nave.” – What’s on Stage

“Captains are not always courageous,
The educated do not always know.
Our greatest achievement can turn to failure,
Turn to dust, turn to wreck, turn to ruin.
This we’ve always known,
This we often forget.
We are but a speck of dust,
We hold fewer cards than we think.
The ego grows wild if un-tethered by humility;
Hearts break and don’t heal.
Tears fall and don’t dry.
The same sea seeps into all our souls…”

(Text by Ailís Ní Ríain, © 2012)

Extracts from Treasured

Brendan Ball & The RLPO Brass Section