The Country Girls first appeared as a novel in 1960 and while it was hailed a popular triumph in the UK and the United States it was promptly banned in Ireland due to its candid approach to the young female characters and sex. From that first novel Edna O’Brien became an international success. Her life moved from the small village of her childhood in County Clare to a glittering international circle of friends and acquaintances that included names such as J D Salinger, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. Now in her eighties, she has returned to Ireland with internationally acclaimed books, plays and films under her belt intent on staging her very first work as a play, and Red Kettle considers itself very lucky to have been chosen as the company to work with.
Artistic Director of Red Kettle, Ben Hennessy said, “We are just delighted to have been chosen by Edna O’Brien. This is a very difficult time for any theatre company with the economy, arts cuts and all the other bad news and so this is just such an uplift and endorsement of what we have achieved. It has really lifted the spirits of everyone and we’re working on it already. We’re delighted to have Mikel Murfi – arguably Ireland’s finest theatrical director - on board, and the cast includes many well known Irish actors. You’ll be hearing lots more about that in the weeks to come.”
This wonderful, wild, funny and moving story that shocked the nation on its publicaion in 1960 has now been written for the stage by the author. Directed by Mikel Murfi - this is a truly contemporary, highly theatrical, dramatic and free flowing telling of this classic coming of age story.
Dates of Performances
Waterford - Garter Lane Theatre - October 14th to November 5th, 2011
Dublin - Gaiety Theatre - November 7th - 12th, 2011
A show like this, giving a world-class script based on a classic Irish novel the treatment it deserves - with a cast of nine top-notch actors, the best designers and the highest production values – would stretch the resources of a production company at the best of times. In these times of scarcity, diversifying and fundraising have become essential in order to maintain our commitment to quality. The more we raise thanks to your generosity, the more it'll allow us to see this production bloom like it deserves and honour the vision of thes extraordinary artists involved.
We’ve put together some fantastic rewards, and hope they will encourage you to support the production.
This is a great moment in the Arts, when an important modern Irish novel and theatre production at its finest come together. Thank you for being a part of it.
On behalf of Red Kettle, Thank you so much for supporting the Irish Arts!
Steve (FUND IT CO-ORDINATOR for Red Kettle)