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Apr 11 2019

Edna’s writing is so honest nothing is sugar-coated

Grace Collender on playing the lead in The Country Girls

When Edna O’Brien’s novel, The Country Girls was first published in 1960, it scandalised conservative Catholic Ireland and the controversy over the book saw it being both banned and ceremonially burned.

Today it is universally recognised as one of Ireland’s great literary classics and the Abbey Theatre is touring a new staging of The Country Girls which comes to the Town Hall Theatre from April 23 to 27.

This Abbey production is directed by Graham McLaren and sees the central role of Kate being played by newcomer Grace Collender. Indeed Collender is still in the final year of her BA in drama studies at Technological University, Dublin, so to make her debut as the lead in a main-stage Abbey show is about as big a feather in the cap as any young actor could dream of.


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