My Take on The Risen People

My Take on ‘The Risen People’ – Sept 11th 2014 “I remember approaching the Abbey theatre by foot on a…

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My first visit to the Abbey

My first visit to the Abbey was in July 1951, a seven year old taken by the hand by my…

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Waltzing round the Abbey Bar with Muiris Crowley

Waltzing round the Abbey Bar with Muiris Crowley after a performance of ‘The Dead’ was a lovely if not odd…

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thank you under my breath

When everyones gone and theres no-one left, I whisper a thank you under my breath..

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John B. Keane’s, “Big Maggie”

Summer of 2001 – Saw John B. Keane’s, “Big Maggie” here with my two young children and mother-in-law. It was…

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An amazing man and an amazing performance

Meeting Alan Rickman after his amazing show over 3 years ago. An amazing man and an amazing performance.

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Pygmalion was a perfect ending for a perfect day

We were visiting from the states and picked up our tickets for the evening performance of Pygmalion on May 23,…

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From a collection inherited from my uncle Paddy

From a collection inherited from my uncle Paddy. He made one trip from London in the summer of 1949 and…

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Have great memories of the Abbey

Have great memories of the Abbey over the years but the one that remains strongest happened offstage. After a performance…

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My moment happened at Sive

My moment happened at Sive this year, a fantastic performance that portrayed perfectly John B Keane’s ability to show the dark…

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Opening night of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme

Opening night of ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme‘, 19th October 1994. In response to the IRA…

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I worked there from 67 to 74

I worked there from 67 to 74 lots of memories. I’m in a group photo in the book ‘Abbey theatre then…

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Superb!

The performance of Charlie Murphy in GB Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion‘ – superb!

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A scene of sublime and redemptive love

Ciarán Hinds and Sinéad Cusack onstage together in the final moments of Mark O’Rowe’s ‘Our Few And Evil Days’, a…

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Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

The 1994 (?) production of ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme‘. I went four times during the…

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Our young eyes and ears we were ok in the gods

My childhood was rural Ireland in the fifties. Life was lacking in excitement. A yank visiting the village was as…

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The final night of ‘Arrah-na-Pogue’.

The final night of ‘Arrah-na-Pogue’. I never thought I’d be in the foyer of the Abbey, surrounded by people practicing…

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The extraordinary brilliance of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

Gerard McSorley narrating the conclusion of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa‘, and when he finishes, a chasm of silence (- lasting for…

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My first memory of the Abbey Theatre

As a 14 year old boy I worked for a company called ‘Nugent and Cooper’, a wholesale electrical company that…

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We climbed the rickety stairs to the Gods and sat spellbound

The first time I went to a play, I was 17 years old. I was on a date with my…

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I was privileged to do a work placement in the Abbey

As one of the first Transition Year Students in Ireland, I was privileged to do a work placement in the…

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What a cast! Unforgettable!

Screwballs and Canonballs! Watching two giants, Ray McAnally and Philip O’Flynn in the fabulous production of ‘Philadelphia‘ from the early…

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The Waterboys – an appointment with Mr Yeats

Mike Scott in ‘The Waterboys – an appointment with Mr Yeats‘. The long anticipated musical interpretation and fusion of W…

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It was the beginning of my love of theatre

In April this year I took my sister and brother in law to see Sive. It was the very first…

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Transition Year work placement at the Abbey Theatre

As one of the first Transition Year Students in Ireland, I was privileged to do a work placement in the…

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A favourite moment from a long history of attending the Abbey Theatre

After hearing of the Abbey fire my brother Donal, now 15, and on school holidays, took off on the bus…

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The Shaughraun and Dancing at Lughnasa

Summer, 1990. First trip out of the US and booked way in advance for one ticket, for my last night,…

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A standing ovation for Brian Friel’s Translations

My first encounter with Brian Friel’s work would not be what you might call conventional. I was preparing to go…

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I do not like thee Dr Fell

The moment in I do not like thee Dr Fell where the group is told that they are locked in…

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The Abbey Theatre’s 100th celebration

December 2004. We live in Birmingham UK and came over to my Irish husband Tony’s Dublin family for Christmas. Had…

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Going to see Philadelphia Here I Come

Going to see Philadelphia Here I Come. It was on film. We were studying it as part of A level English….

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Philadelphia Here I Come!

Way back in the mid 1980s a touring production of Philadelphia Here I Come! came to play in my school…

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Dancing at Lughnasa

I was 19 years old and it was Dancing at Lughnasa. I felt like my heart was going to explode…

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A chance meeting

Not a play, but a chance meeting at the Westbury Hotel. Brian was there for the mounting of one of…

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Breathtaking theatre at its best

That wonderful moment of release in Dancing at Lughnasa when the Mundy sisters danced like their lives depended on it….

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Translations at the Abbey Theatre

Translations at the Abbey Theatre in 2011 when I was pregnant with my second daughter: “To remember everything is a…

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Signed Performance of ‘The Seafarer’

Went to signed Performance of ‘The Seafarer’ a few years ago with a friend in wheelchair who has since sadly…

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A memory branded into my soul forever

Wonderful memory of being touched to my very soul and spontaneously standing clapping passionately with tears of pure emotion streaming…

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A sunny summer’s day in wardrobe

A sunny summer’s day in wardrobe with Charlie Murphy fitting Eliza’s ball dress for Pygmalion directed by Annabelle Comyn.

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My debut on The Abbey Theatre stage

Although it isn’t my image, its Ros Kavanagh’s. This was my debut on The Abbey Theatre stage. This picture shows…

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Like history was in the making

First stepping into the Abbey to watch King Lear in 2012 felt special. Like history was in the making. This…

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My first serious theatre experience

My memory is of visiting the Abbey Theatre, as a schoolboy, with my father for a performance of Shadow of…

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Translations by Brian Friel

Some years ago (perhaps eight) I went to see Translations by Brian Friel.  I was accompanied by an Egyptian lady…

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Remembering why I travel to Ireland to watch theatre

Watching Marie Mullen in The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant and remembering why I travel to Ireland to watch theatre….

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The Burial at Thebes

The Burial at Thebes, Seamus Heaney, it was magic.

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Abbey’s first production of Dancing at Lughnasa

As a former English teacher, I brought my Leaving Cert Honours class to Abbey’s first production of Dancing at Lughnasa….

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By The Bog Of Cats

Waiting in the green room during By The Bog Of Cats

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The Plough And The Stars – May 1991

Gary Hynes’ memorable production of the best play ever written, Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars in MAY 1991….

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The man who placed his hand on the Abbey Stage

I often book a front seat at the abbey theatre to try to see the actors as close up as…

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The Risen People

I brought my partner to see a matinee of The Risen People early last December – it was our first…

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A night in the Abbey Theatre to remember! – 1962

I met Pat at St Stephen’s Green our usual meeting point close by my job. We went for dinner at…

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    My first visit to the Abbey was in July 1951, a seven year old taken by the hand by my…

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    Waltzing round the Abbey Bar with Muiris Crowley after a performance of ‘The Dead’ was a lovely if not odd…

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