Treasured (extract)

by Played by Brendan Ball & RLPO Brass Quintet

Treasured (2012)

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.

Directed by Jen Heyes, the work featured powerful visuals, live solo trumpet, recorded brass quintet by players from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and mid-air choreography by Wired Aerial Theatre. Treasured ran for eight sold out performances and played to over 4000 people.

Extract from the script

“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…”


“The story of the Titanic is spectacularly reimagined in the city where the ship was registered.” – 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