The Country Girls are coming to Athlone
Red Kettle and Garter Lane are delighted to announce the revival of their co-production of Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls. The play was a runaway success in 2011, breaking box office records in Waterford’s Garter Lane with a three-week sell-out run and playing to packed houses and rapturous applause in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.
The Country Girls will now embark on a national tour that will include performances at The Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone on Monday June 4 and Tuesday June 5. This production has been a real success story for an Irish theatre company in times of adversity, and this tour gives audiences around the country an opportunity to see contemporary Irish theatre at its finest with a script by one of our greatest authors.
“We were delighted to be able to bring back The Country Girls for another outing at Garter Lane and the Gaiety”, says Ben Hennessy, artistic director of Red Kettle, “The play has proven to be one of the most popular we have ever produced and one of the most creatively satisfying to work on. When we played at Garter Lane last year all tickets sold out with over a week left of the run and working with the great Edna O’ Brien and director Mikel Murfi in bringing The Country Girls to life was one of those experiences that re-invigorated our enthusiasm for making theatre in the first place. We’re delighted too that due to the audience’s response we have been invited back to the Gaiety.”
Hennessy’s excitement at bringing this production on the road is clear, and his ambitious plans for Red Kettle continue unabated. “We are already making plans to do a more extensive tour next year! Edna’s amazing popularity and the quality of the production makes this one of those not-to-be-missed events... It is great too, in these economically tough times, to be able to offer our wonderful cast and crew another period of employment and of course provide our ever-supportive audiences here at home, a great night at the theatre.”
Tickets available now by calling (090) 6492129.