An Abbey Theatre production
The Country Girls (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick)
23 February - 4 May 2019
by Edna O’Brien
Dates: 23 February – 6 April
On the Abbey Stage
Free First Preview: 23 February
Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinees 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30
Out of the Abbey
16 – 20 April, Cork Opera House.
23 – 27 April, Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
30 April – 4 May, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes without an interval
Early Bird tickets available until 15 January
To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 4 April, 7:30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 6 April, 2:00pm
Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 6 April, 12:45pm
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 2019 Choice.
- 16 – 20 April at the Cork Opera House.
- 23 – 27 April at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
- 30 April – 4 May at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.
Join us for a post-Matinee talk on The Country Girls with members of the production.
If you are attending the matinee performance and would like to remain for the post-show talk, please stay in your seats and enjoy the conversation.
If you don’t have a ticket for the matinee but would like to attend the talk, please meet in the foyer at 3.30pm and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Grace Collender and Lola Petticrew
© Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh
- Kate: Grace Collender
- Hickey: Muiris Crowley
- Molly / Cynthia / Dolly: Megan Cusack
- 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
- Baba: Lola Petticrew
- Baba (On Tour): Caitriona Ennis
- 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
- Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
- Production Dramaturg: Eleanor White
- Casting: Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jones