Druid Theatre have announced plans to return to live theatre with DruidGregory, an extensive rural tour centred on the works of Galway's Augusta Lady Gregory.
Launched this September in the historic setting of her Coole Park home, DruidGregory, a Galway 2020 commission, will include six of Lady Gregory's one-act plays, performed by a company of 12 actors and musicians, and directed by Druid founder Garry Hynes.
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Performed entirely outdoors and fully embracing all restrictions in place due to Covid-19, this will be followed by a 14 venue, 4-week tour of Gregory's beloved county Galway, from Portumna to Glenamaddy, Ballinasloe to Clifden; the tour will include one-off outdoor performances at a number of historic sites such as Kylemore Abbey, Teach an Phiarsaigh and Ballyglunin Station.
"Inspired by the landscape and the history of our beloved home in Galway, we have dreamt up something special for these times' said Garry Hynes. 'Lady Gregory is one of those people of whom many have heard but few know much about. More than one hundred years ago, she was part of the development of an Irish literary and theatre culture that would express the richness of the Irish nation. This led to the founding of the Abbey Theatre and the subsequent creation of an indigenous Irish theatre. On its foundation in 1975, Druid became part of that story."
The DruidGregory company will be led by Tony Award-winner Marie Mullen playing Lady Gregory herself. Plays include The Rising of the Moon, Hyacinth Halvey, The Gaol Gate, The Workhouse Ward, McDonough’s Wife and the revolutionary Cathleen ní Houlihan (written with WB Yeats).
The project will also include some of Lady Gregory's poetry and other writings, as well as music, dance, and the work of her great friend and collaborator, the poet WB Yeats.
Additionally, as part of the Education and Community strand of the tour, DruidGregory will include one-off, outdoor performances of Tom Murphy's first play, On the Outside (written with Noel O’Donoghue).
Find out more about the DruidGregory project here.