The range of Lady Augusta Gregory’s talents was considerable: co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, translator, folklorist, theatre producer and Yeats collaborator. She was also an important, resolutely experimental dramatist in her own right.
Initially showing a genius for comedy, she later wrote tragedies, histories, translations and an explicitly feminist play Grania. She has been a significant presence in film also with Ria Mooney’s adaptation of her comedy The Workhouse Ward (1950); with John Ford’s adaptation of her play, The Rising of the Moon (1957); as represented by Dame Edith Evans in Ford’s Young Cassidy (1965); and with her translation of the poem ‘Dónall Óg’ in John Huston’s The Dead (1987).
Introductory note by Anthony Roche.
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