The Country Girls Trilogy

Episodes

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The Lonely Girl 1/1020191014

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Kate and Baba blag their way into a wine-tasting and meet Eugene Gaillard.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Tod Mead ..... Shaun Mason
Eugene ..... Jonathan Forbes
The Body ..... Jonny Holden
Eamonn ..... Chris Pavlo
Joanna ..... Susan Jameson
Woman ..... Catherine Cusack

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Kate Hims
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Notes

The Lonely Girl is the second book in Edna O'Brien's trilogy, The Country Girls. O’Brien – born in 1930 - is now celebrated as the fearless chronicler of the dark underbelly of rural Ireland. Originally published in the 1960s, The Country Girls Trilogy was banned by the Irish Censorship Board, burnt publicly in O’Brien’s home town, and described by the Justice Minister (a young Charles Haughey) as filth. Fifty years later, the trilogy is recognised as an iconic work of twentieth century Irish fiction. Radio 4 is dramatising all three books in three separate series this year.

The Country Girls ran 19 – 30 August.
The Lonely Girl runs 14 – 25 October.
Girls in their Married Bliss will run 9 – 13 December.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

The Lonely Girl 2/1020191015

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Eugene comes to tea, and Kate visits his house in the country.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Eugene ..... Jonathan Forbes
Joanna ..... Susan Jameson
Anna ..... Catherine Cusack
Gianni ..... Chris Pavlo
Pianist ..... Peter Ringrose
Mrs Burns ..... Siobhan McSweeney
Customer ..... Catherine Cusack
Assistant ..... Roisin O'Donovan

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Kate Hims
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

The Lonely Girl 3/1020191016

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Christmas brings Kate and Eugene closer together, and then the real world pulls them apart.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Eugene ..... Jonathan Forbes
Eugene’s Mother..... Bríd Brennan
Man ..... David Hounslow
Boy..... Jonny Holden
Friend ..... Ell Potter

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Kate Hims
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

The Lonely Girl 4/1020191017

LG 4 17 Oct Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Dada gets wind of Kate’s affair with Eugene and takes drastic measures. Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Dada gets wind of Kate’s affair with Eugene and takes drastic measures to separate them.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Dada ..... David Ganly
Tim Healy ..... Des McAleer
Molly ..... Niamh Denyer
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Cab Driver ..... David Hounslow

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Kate Hims
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

The Lonely Girl 5/1020191018

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Kate is a prisoner in the countryside, and yearns to escape back to the mixed pleasures of Dublin.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Molly ..... Niamh Denyer
Priest ..... Des McAleer
Dada ..... David Ganly
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O’Neill
Tom ..... Paul Hickey

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Kate Hims
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.