An Abbey Theatre production

The Country Girls (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick)

23 February - 4 May 2019

by Edna O’Brien

Booking Information

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.


Out of the Abbey 

Post-Show Talk, Saturday 6 April 

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


Francis O’Connor


Out of the Abbey 

Behind the Scenes 

Audience Reaction 


Video – In Rehearsals 

ISL Video 

Production Images 

© Ros Kavanagh

In Rehearsals 

© 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
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