Alma is a composer, sound designer and musician based in Dublin. She works across a range of media fusing composition and sound design to create a free flowing sonic environment for theatre, dance, live art, film, festivals and everything in between.
She is the musical brain behind smash hit show RIOT produced by THISISPOPBABY and winner of Best Production at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2016. It has toured extensively to Sydney, Melbourne, NYC and Toronto. Her sound design for Olwen Fouére’s brilliant one woman show Riverrun was winner of the 2013 Irish Times Theatre Award.
She designed sound for the spectacular annual Macnas Parade in 2018 and was Composer/Sound Designer for The Misfits bringing Arthur Miller’s iconic film to the stage for the first time in a new reimagining directed by Annie Ryan with Corn Exchange for the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Upcoming productions include WAKE produced by THISISPOPBABY, co-produced with Dublin Fringe Festival in association with Irish Arts Centre New York.
THISISPOPBABY/ Irish Arts Centre, NYC/ Dublin Fringe Festival
Created & Directed by Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon
With text from Dylan Coburn Gray
Composed By Alma Kelliher
Choreographed by Philip Connaughton
Set & Graphic Design by Niall Sweeney
Lighting Design by Mark Galione
Costume Design by Julian Smith
WAKE, the new show from the makers of international smash-hit RIOT, is a howling, raucous, soul-stirring celebration of community, regeneration, and the magic of collective catharsis.
“RIOT, the extraordinary mash-up of theatre, variety, dance, music and performance art, wowed audiences and won best production at last year’s Fringe Festival… Audiences were transported.”
The Irish Times
“This acclaimed Irish variety show melds high art and trash culture in a disorderly cocktail of partying and politics. With an all-star cast including famed drag queen Panti Bliss, RIOT is a dazzling blend of dance, drag, circus, comedy and powerful spoken word.”
Sydney Festival 2018
WINNER Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh
Writer / Director Jack Hickey
Producer Lara Hickey
Company Copper Alley Productions
Cast includes: Clare Dunne, Moe Dunford, Peter Campion, Valerie O’Connor and Caoimhe O’Malley
Director of Photography Phillip Blake
1st AD Stephen Rigney
Costume Design Saileóg O’Halloran
Production Design Muireann Howley
Editor Julian Ulrichs
By Ross Power
Adapted by Ben Power
Director: Finn Caldwell and Tobie Olie
Composition: Adam Pleeth
Set Design: Samuel Wyer
Lighting Design: Matt Daw
Based on Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
Adapted, Performed, Directed by Olwen Fouére
Co-Director: Kellie Hughes
Lighting Designer: Stephen Dodd
“Her voice is underpinned by Alma Kelliher’s composition and sound design, humming, modulating, constantly in the background, supporting and carrying the performer. Until the sound disappears altogether, that is, and all we are left with words floating into the space: “Not a sound, falling. Lispn! No wind no word. Only a leaf, just a leaf and then leaves.”