Druid returns to live theatre in the magic fields, woods and gardens of Coole Park in a tribute to, and an animation of, the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory. Launched in the historic setting of her Coole Park home, DruidGregory will include five of Lady Gregory’s one-act plays, performed by a company of 12 actors and musicians, and directed by Garry Hynes.
This will be followed by a barnstorming 15 venue, four-week tour of Gregory’s beloved county Galway, from Portumna to Glenamaddy, Ballinasloe to Clifden, and many more communities in between. The tour will include unique one-off outdoor performances at some of Galway’s world-famous, historic sites such as Kylemore Abbey, Teach an Phiarsaigh and Ballyglunin Station.
Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes will direct the DruidGregory company which will include leading members of the Druid Ensemble, led by Tony Award-winner Marie Mullen playing Lady Gregory herself. The plays include The Rising of the Moon, Hyacinth Halvey, The Gaol Gate, McDonough’s Wife and the revolutionary Cathleen ní Houlihan (written with WB Yeats). The project will also include some of her poetry and other writings, as well as music, dance, and the work of her great friend, the poet WB Yeats.
Performed entirely outdoors, in exciting never to be repeated locations, and fully embracing all restrictions in place due to Covid-19, Druid will launch this ambitious project in the celebrated home of Lady Gregory, in a week-long series of performances amid the paths and parklands of Coole.
Additionally, as part of the Education and Community strand of the tour, DruidGregory will include one-off, outdoor performances of Galway writer Tom Murphy’s first play, On the Outside (written with Noel O’Donoghue).
Druid would like to acknowledge the continuing support of the Arts Council, NUI Galway, Galway City Council, The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, Aerogen.