Cg 447 X792.


The Country Girls

By Edna O'Brien

Minerva Theatre


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The 1950s. Rural Ireland. Kate and Baba are best friends who long to escape their traditional families and convent school. When they finally rebel and make a break for it, their lives burst open.

As they forge new identities in Dublin, the childhood friends must discover if it is possible to grow up without growing apart.

Edna O’Brien’s novel The Country Girls was controversially banned in Ireland on publication in 1960. From her much loved book, she has created a new free-flowing play which is a frank, lyrical and wrenching exploration of young women, the loss of innocence and the tenacity of love and hope.

Director Lisa Blair makes her debut at Chichester; her recent productions include Contractions at Sheffield Crucible and Faust X2 at the Watermill, Newbury.


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Exceptionally good

The Times

Grace Molony and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman command the stage as gawky, cerebral dreamer Kate and the pouting, hellbent hedonistic Baba

Daily Telegraph

Lisa Blair’s atmospheric production, with its childhood ballads and street songs, has the unexpected effect of inducing nostalgia for a vanished Ireland

The Guardian

Deeply-impressive, beautifully-played

Chichester Observer

No one should underestimate the sheer brilliance of this wonderful adaptation

Southern Daily Echo

Most impressive is the universal quality of the acting here – and the highest on the acting-honours list is newcomer Grace Molony in the leading role

Portsmouth News

Cast & Creatives


  • Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

  • Grace Molony

  • Romayne Andrews

  • Rachel Atkins

    Joanna/ Sister Immaculata
  • Tom Canton.

    Tom Canton

  • Chris Garner

    Hugo Brennan
  • Colm Gormley

  • Melanie McHugh

    Martha Brennan
  • Keshini Misha

    Singing Woman/ Violin Player
  • Bailey Patrick

  • Valery Schatz

    Mr Gentleman
  • Jade Yourell

    Sister Mary

Creative team

Lisa Blair


Rebecca Howell

Movement Director

Richard Kent


Lizzie Powell

Lighting Designer

Isobel Waller-Bridge


Christopher Shutt

Sound Designer

Anne McNulty

Casting Director


Running Time
2 hours and 25 minutes including the interval