IT HAPPENED with Tom Murphy, it happened with JM Synge, it happened with Shakespeare. Now it is the turn of one of the major lights of the Irish Literary Revival - Lady Gregory - to get a Druid cycle.
DruidGregory will see the internationally acclaimed Galway company perform six of Lady Gregory’s one-act plays in a variety of venues across Galway city and county throughout September and October, starting in Lady Gregory's own Coole Park in south Galway.
Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes will direct fellow Tony Award-winner Marie Mullen as Lady Gregory, along with Venetia Bowe, Megan Cusack, Peter Daly, Dónal Gallery, Liam Heslin, Garrett Lombard, Sarah Morris, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Marty Rea, and musician Tim Doyle.
The plays include The Rising of the Moon, Hyacinth Halvey, The Gaol Gate, The Workhouse Ward, McDonough’s Wife, and the revolutionary Cathleen Ní Houlihan (written with WB Yeats ). The project will also include some of her poetry and other writings, as well as music, dance, and works by Yeats.
The DruidGregory tour of Galway
The 'tour of Galway' will feature performances of DruidGregory, an individual Gregory play, or Tom Murphy’s first play, On the Outside (written with Noel O’Donoghue ). The shows will be performed outdoors, and will observe all Covid-19 restrictions.
The dates and locations for DruidGregory are: Coole Park (September 15 to 20 ), NUI Galway (September 26 to 27 ), Kylemore Abbey (October 2 to 3 ), Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna (October 9 to 10 ), Roundstone (October 16 to 17 ).
Hyacinth Halvey will be performed at the Clifden Arts Festival (September 22 ), Ballyglunin Station (October 4 ) while Cathleen Ní Houlihan will be performed at Teach an Phiarsaigh, Connemara, (October 11 ).
On The Outside will be performed in Tuam (September 25 ), Ballinasloe (September 29 ), Glenamaddy (September 30 ), Kinvara (October 6 ), Oughterard (October 8 ), Athenry (October 13 ), and Loughrea (October 14 ).