1966 saw the world premiere of P.J. O’Connor’s stage adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s Tarry Flynn. In this photograph Máire O’Neill as Mary, Geraldine Plunkett as Bridie, Donal McCann as Tarry, Bernadette McKenna as Aggie and Máire Ní Dhomhnaill as Mrs Flynn pose for a publicity ‘family portrait’. The production directed by Tomás MacAnna utilised the stage of the new Abbey Theatre to give depth and vitality to the production, in a way that could not have been accommodated previously.
To learn more about the reaction of the Abbey Theatre company to the new Abbey stage listen to Homes of the Abbey Theatre, a podcast from our Oral History Project here.