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The Country Girls
The Country Girls
Edna O’Brien revisits her era-defining debut novel Country Girls in a new stage adaptation by The Abbey Theatre
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 April 2019


An Abbey Theatre production
The Country Girls

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 2019 - One City One Book.


Written and adapted by: Edna O’Brien
Directed by: Graham McLaren
Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
Set and Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
Lighting Design: Sinead Wallace
Composer: Ray Harman
Sound Design: Matt Padden
Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth

Kate: Grace Collender
Hickey: Muiris Crowley
Molly / Cynthia / Dolly: Megan Cusack
Baba: Catriona Ennis
Finn: Aron Hegarty
Malachi / Harry: Aidan Kelly
Lil: Lisa Lambe
Miss Moriarty / Sister Mary: Catriona Loughlin
Mr Gentleman: Steven McCarthy
Mr Brennan / Gustav / Reg: Bill Murphy
Martha / Sister Immaculata / Joanna: Mary O'Driscoll

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