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promo photo from the Abbey Theatre for Edna O'Brien's Country Girls

Theatre: The Country Girls at the Abbey Theatre (audio described, touch tour and captioned performance)

6 Apr 2019 (Past)

Abbey Theatre

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 2019 Dublin: One City, One Book 2019 Choice.

Irish Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 4 April, 7:30pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 6 April, 12:45pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 6 April, 2:00pm

Touch Tour
Audiences are invited to attend a touch tour of the set, the stage, props and costumes so that audiences with visual impairments can experience and contextualise the stage. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes, musical instruments and furniture.

Who can take a touch tour?
Touch tours are open to blind and visually impaired theatregoers attending the show plus their companions. Up to 10 people can take a tour.

Booking Information 

How much does it cost?
It is free to customers who have purchased a ticket to for the performance.

How do I book?
Please contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie.

Meet in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre to begin the tour at 12.20pm on the day of the described performance.

In order for the Abbey to give you advice on best seating for all accessible performances, please contact the Box Office on 01 87 87 222 , or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie. You can also contact Lisa by telephone on 01 887 2216


Kate: Grace Collender
Hickey / Colum / Messenger Boy: Muiris Crowley
Molly / Cynthia / Dolly: Megan Cusack
Finn / Hobo / Sergeant: Aron Hegarty
Malachi / Harry: Aidan Kelly
Lil: Lisa Lambe
Sister Mary / Miss Moriarty: Caitriona Loughlin
Mr Gentleman: Steven McCarthy
Mr Brennan / Reg / Gustave: Bill Murphy
Sister Immaculata / Joanna: Mary O’Driscoll
Baba: Lola Petticrew
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


Abbey Theatre
Accessible Theatre
audio described performance
Edna O'Brien
The Country Girls
Touch tour