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The Country Girls


  • Playwright

    Edna O'Brien 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Edna O'Brien

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the 1960 novel by the author

  • Setting

    Ireland in the 1950s. A parish in the West of Ireland; Dublin.

  • Synopsis

    Kate and Baba are two young girls from the West of Ireland who have spent their childhood together. As they leave the safety of their 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 just wants to experience the life of a single girl. As their lives in the city take unexpected turns, both Kate and Baba must ultimately learn to find their own way.

    A new stage version of O'Brien's bestselling 1960 novel, originally banned in Ireland because of its treatment of sexual themes.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Actors play several roles, sometimes donning their new robes and their new roles in view of all.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Mr Gentleman Peter Hanly
Member of the Company Charlie Bonner
Member of the Company Rachael Dowling
Member of the Company Michael Power
Member of the Company Georgina Miller
Member of the Company Aileen Mythen
Member of the Company Simon Boyle
Baba Caoimhe O'Malley
Kate Holly Browne
Production Team  
Director Mikel Murfi
Set Designer Ben Hennessy
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Producer Caroline Senior
Producer John O'Connell
Costume Designer Leonore McDonagh
Production Manager Andy Cummins
Stage Manager Amy Burke
Assistant Stage Manager Megan Nolan
Set Construction Jim Whelan
Set Construction Harry Hannon
PR Nicola Beresford
Graphic Design Stephen O'Connell
Photography Ciaran Conneely
Publicity Gerry Lundberg
Transport Johnny Villa
Front of House Manager Bernie Daly
Composer/Sound Designer Trevor Knight
Fundit Coordinator Stephen McCarthy

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)

  • Address

    55 New Oxford Street
    London WC1A 1BS

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the programme for the original production.