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Dear Ireland I

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Carmel Winters  Enda Walsh  Iseult Golden  Sarah Hanly  John Connors  Shane O'Reilly  Nancy Harris  Owen McCafferty  Frank McGuinness  Feli Speaks  Gina Moxley  Abbie Spallen  Michael West  Shaun Dunne  Manchán Magan  Eva O'Connor  Edna O'Brien  Aoife Martyn  Arthur Riordan  Andrea Molino  John O'Donovan (2)  Deirdre Kinahan  Zoe Ní Riordáin  Karen Cogan  Jimmy Murphy  Ursula Rani Sarma  Zhu Yi  Pom Boyd  Stacey Gregg  Thomas Kane Byrne  Sinéad Burke  Dermot Bolger  Carys D. Coburn  Meadhbh McHugh  Colm Keegan (2)  Phillip McMahon  Darach Mac Con Iomaire  Sonya Kelly  Margaret Perry  Joseph O'Connor (1)  Kit de Waal  Ciara Elizabeth Smyth  Keith James Walker  Mark O'Halloran  Una McKevitt  Blindboy Boatclub  Emmet Kirwan  Rosaleen McDonagh  David Ireland  Jody O'Neill 

  • Notes

    Premiered online during the Covid-19 pandemic which placed restrictions on live performance.

    Dear Ireland I consisted of 50 short monologues written by 50 writers. Pre-recorded and streamed online by the Abbey Theatre, the plays were self-taped by the performers from social isolation. Dear Ireland I was followed by Dear Ireland II and Dear Ireland III, a series of letters, and postcards (respectively), submitted by the public, read by actors from the Abbey stage, and streamed online.

    *****

    Alive by Carmel Winters, performed by Lucianne McEvoy
    WALK by Enda Walsh, performed by Zara Devlin
    An Impossible Woman by Iseult Golden, performed by Marion O’Dwyer
    SHOWER by Sarah Hanly, performed by Denise Gough
    Dear Ireland I’m fucking riddled with anxiety! by John Connors, performed by Graham Earley
    windowpane by Shane O’Reilly, performed by Amanda Coogan
    Dear Ireland (an unreliable ex-lover suddenly writes) by Nancy Harris, performed by Marty Rea
    Home by Owen McCafferty, performed by Patrick O’Kane
    Pints of Milk by Frank McGuinness, performed by Joan Sheehy
    To Éire by Felispeaks, performed by Deirdre Molloy
    A Start by Gina Moxley, performed by Timmy Creed
    WIPER AT WORK by Abbie Spallen, performed by Jolene O’Hara
    Gorse by Michael West, performed by Mark Doherty
    The Box Room (A Meditation on Work) by Shaun Dunne, performed by Eva-Jane Gaffney
    Poll Mór/Big Hole by Manchán Magan, performed by Bríd Criomhthain
    Maxwell House by Eva O’Connor, performed by Amy McAllister
    Dear Ireland by Edna O’Brien, performed by Stanley Townsend
    Night 4 by Aoife Martyn, performed by Norma Sheahan
    The Other Side by Arthur Riordan, performed by Rory Nolan
    I want the things by Andrea Molino, performed by David Moss
    Your Hands by John O’Donovan, performed by Nicola Coughlan
    Dear Alex by Deirdre Kinahan, performed by Bríd Ní Neachtain
    It’s All The Same by Zoe Ní Riordáin, performed by Seána Kerslake
    Katty Barry’s by Karen Cogan, performed by Siobhán McSweeney
    The Meadow by Jimmy Murphy, performed by Clare Dunne
    West by Ursula Rani Sarma, performed by Owen McDonnell
    I Know You by Zhu Yi, performed by Julia Gu
    After This Thing by Pom Boyd, performed by Brendan Gleeson
    staring at the sun by Stacey Gregg, performed by Conor MacNeill
    Tara’s Hill by Thomas Kane Byrne, performed by Ericka Roe
    These Four Walls by Sinéad Burke, performed by Eleanor Walsh
    A Hand of Jacks by Dermot Bolger, performed by Dawn Bradfield
    What We Never Got to Lose by Carys D. Coburn, performed by Leah Minto
    A New Yorker, now? by Meadhbh McHugh, performed by Clare O’Malley
    Something Worth Saying. by Colm Keegan, performed Owen Roe
    The Rock by Phillip McMahon, performed by Caoilfhionn Dunne
    End Meeting? by Darach Mac Con Iomaire, performed by Eoin Ó Dubhghaill
    A Letter To The Manager by Sonya Kelly, performed by Deirdre Donnelly
    The Golden on the Grey by Margaret Perry, performed by Breffni Holahan
    Grace by Joseph O’Connor, performed by Kathy Rose O’Brien
    The Three Irishmen by Kit de Waal, performed by Peter Gowen
    Party Party by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth, performed by Camille Lucy Ross
    Flake by Keith James Walker, performed by Ashleigh Dorrell
    Joe by Mark O’Halloran, performed by Andrew Bennett
    Let’s Unpack That Shall We by Una McKevitt, performed by Katherine Lynch
    Stone mad from the flavour of the world by Blindboy, performed by Cathy Belton
    The Temple is closed, written and performed by Emmet Kirwan
    Dear Ireland you will hardly notice my absence by Rosaleen McDonagh, performed by Sorcha Fox
    The Good Thief by David Ireland, performed by Abigail McGibbon
    Conversations with… by Jody O’Neill, performed by Marie Mullen

  • Synopsis

    What do we want to be to one another? What do we want our society to look like? What are we not paying enough attention to? Where do we want to go next? What should Ireland write on a postcard to itself? A series of short plays exploring life during the early days of the Covid-19 crisis. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Series of short individual plays

  • Cast Size Male

    16

  • Cast Size Female

    34

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Performer Cathy Belton
Performer Andrew Bennett
Performer Dawn Bradfield
Performer Amanda Coogan
Performer Nicola Coughlan
Performer Timmy Creed
Performer Bríd Criomhthain
Performer Zara Devlin
Performer Mark Doherty
Performer Deirdre Donnelly
Performer Mike Donnelly
Performer Ashleigh Dorrell
Performer Caoilfhionn Dunne
Performer Clare Dunne
Performer Graham Earley
Performer Sorcha Fox
Performer Eva-Jane Gaffney
Performer Denise Gough
Performer Brendan Gleeson
Performer Peter Gowen
Performer Julia Gu
Performer Breffni Holahan
Performer Seana Kerslake
Performer Katherine Lynch
Performer Conor MacNeill
Performer Amy McAllister
Performer Owen McDonnell
Performer Lucianne McEvoy
Performer Abigail McGibbon
Performer Siobhán McSweeney
Performer Leah Minto
Performer Deirdre Molloy
Performer David Moss
Performer Marie Mullen
Performer Bríd Ní Neachtain
Performer Rory Nolan
Performer Eoin Ó Dubhghaill
Performer Kathy Rose O'Brien
Performer Marion O'Dwyer
Performer Jolene O'Hara
Performer Patrick O'Kane
Performer Clare O'Malley
Performer Marty Rea
Performer Ericka Roe
Performer Owen Roe
Performer Camille Lucy Ross
Performer Norma Sheahan
Performer Joan Sheehy
Performer Stanley Townsend
Performer Eleanor Walsh
Production Team  
Music by Ray Harman
Visual Artist Al "Maser" Hester

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RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Address

    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 887 2200

  • Email

    info@abbeytheatre.ie

  • Website

    www.abbeytheatre.ie

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Information for this entry was taken from the company website.