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The Country Girls W


hen Irish author Edna O’Brien’s debut novel The Country Girls was first published in 1960 it


was provocative and grabbed the world by the throat.


It was instantly banned in


Ireland for its perceived raciness but it also elevated the author to world renown. For Edna O’Brien it opened doors to a glittering world of literati and celebrity that may otherwise have been out of bounds for an original country girl. Now, more than 50 years later Edna O’Brien has revisited the story and re-worked it for the stage.


She had a huge desire to premiere this new work in Ireland and chose Waterford’s Red Kettle, in association with Garter Lane, to collaborate with. Red Kettle is well


known for an innovative approach to theatre and particularly new plays and this appealed greatly to the author.


The story is set in rural Ireland in the 1950s and tells the story of two girls, Caithleen Brady (Kate) and Bridget Brennan (Baba), and their escape from a claustrophobic life in the countryside and convent school; a


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