Edna O’Brien revisits her era-defining debut novel in a new stage adaptation.
All of Edna O’Brien’s novels published during the 1960s were ruled “indecent and obscene” under the Censorship of Publications Act. This started when the publication of The Country Girls caused outrage. It was banned in Ireland by the authorities and publicly burned by the clergy.
Notoriety quickly turned to fame and this coming of age story of two young women in 1950s Ireland became a best-seller.
The Country Girls is the Dublin: One City, One Book
Kate: Grace Collender
Hickey / Colum / Messenger Boy: Muiris Crowley
Molly / Cynthia / Dolly: Megan Cusack
Finn / Hobo / Sergeant: Aron Hegarty
Malachi / Harry: Aidan Kelly
Lil: Lisa Lambe
Sister Mary / Miss Moriarty: Caitriona Loughlin
Mr Gentleman: Steven McCarthy
Mr Brennan / Reg / Gustave: Bill Murphy
Sister Immaculata / Joanna: Mary O'Driscoll
Baba: Lola Petticrew
Written & Adapted by: Edna O’Brien
Directed by: Graham McLaren
Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
Set & Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace
Composer: Ray Harman
Sound Design: Matt Padden