A Galway 2020 commission
DATE 15 September to 17 October 2020
VENUE Various
PRICE €12 to €30
CREDITS Director: Garry Hynes
Set & Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
Movement Director: David Bolger
Music: Conor Linehan
Costume Design, On the Outside: Clíodhna Hallissey
Assistant Director: Sarah Baxter
Lady Gregory at Coole Park, September 1916

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. 






Cast includes:

Marie Mullen

Venetia Bowe

Megan Cusack

Peter Daly

Dónal Gallery

Liam Heslin

Garrett Lombard

Sarah Morris

Rory Nolan

John Olohan

Marty Rea

Tim Doyle (Piper)

Dates & Venues:

Coole Park, 15 – 20 Sept



Clifden Arts Festival, 22 Sept

Hyacinth Halvey


Tuam, 25 Sept

On the Outside


NUI Galway, 26 – 27 Sept



Ballinasloe, 29 Sept

On the Outside


Glenamaddy, 30 Sept

On the Outside


Kylemore Abbey, 2 – 3 Oct



Ballyglunin Station, 4 Oct

Hyacinth Halvey


Kinvara, 6 Oct

On the Outside


Oughterard, 8 Oct

On the Outside


Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, 9 – 10 Oct



Teach an Phiarsaigh, 11 Oct

Cathleen ní Houlihan


Athenry, 13 Oct

On the Outside


Loughrea, 14 Oct

On the Outside


Roundstone, 16 & 17 Oct