Holly Browne and Caoimhe O’Malley in Red Kettle’s production of ‘The Country Girls’ by Edna O’Brien. Photo by Conleth White.
Red Kettle Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Edna O”Brien’s The Country Girls. This wonderful, wild, funny and moving story that shocked the nation on its publication in 1960 has now been written for the stage by the author.
The Country Girls tells the story of Kate and Baba, two girls who have spent their childhood together in rural Ireland. Leaving their sheltered convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their tumultuous relationship. Kate, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love; while Baba wants to experience the life of a single girl. They set out to conquer the world together but as their lives take unexpected turns, including Kate’s romantic encounter with Mr. Gentleman, the girls must ultimately learn to find their own way.
The fantastic cast assembled features some leading lights of the Irish stage, including Braveheart actor Peter Hanly, with Charlie Bonner, Rachael Dowling, Holly Browne, Caoimhe O’ Malley, Michael Power, Aileen Mythen, Simon Boyle and Georgina Miller.
Directed by Mikel Murfi – this is a truly contemporary, highly theatrical, dramatic and free-flowing telling of this classic coming of age story.
Not to be missed!
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. Fifty years later she has adapted it for the stage, with the play to receive its world premier in Waterford under the direction of Mikel Murfi.