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The Oral History Project

Eileen Crowe, Geraldine Plunkett and Peadar Lamb in
They Got What They Wanted by Louis D’Alton, 1962

The Oral History Project was initiated in 2011 to document the experiences of individuals who have contributed to the history of the Abbey Theatre.

In these interviews, actors, directors, playwrights and Abbey Theatre staff share memories of their work at the Abbey Theatre. These oral histories give a unique insight into the spaces, creative processes and individuals involved in the collaborative work that is theatre.

The podcasts below give a short preview of the stories and recollections gathered thus far. The full interviews are available for consultation in the Archive.

To download the tracks from our Oral History playlist click here

Eamon Morrissey

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Actor, director, and playwright Eamon Morrissey recalls his extraordinary career in Irish theatre.

Starting Out

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Playwrights, directors and members of the former Abbey Theatre acting company reminisce on their beginnings in theatre.

Homes of the Abbey Theatre

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From Abbey Street to the Queen’s Theatre on Pearse Street and back again to Abbey Street, the various homes of the Abbey are recollected by those who experienced the moves.

The Abbey Theatre Company

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The Peacock Theatre

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The Cherry Orchard (1968)

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Memories of Godfrey Quigley

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Memories of Harry Brogan

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The Great Hunger by Tom MacIntyre

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Memories of Ernest Blythe, Ria Mooney and Frank Dermody

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Memories of Tomás MacAnna

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Memories of Hugh Hunt

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Thomas Kilroy

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With thanks to our archive partner NUI Galway

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