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'Brien's 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 10/1020191025

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 50s. Baba is going to England and wants Kate to go with her, but Kate is sure that Eugene will come back for her.

Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Eugene.... Jonathan Forbes
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Joanna.... Susan Jameson
Anna.... Catherine Cusack
The Body.... Jonny Holden
Landlord.... Paul Hickey
Passenger.... Shaun Mason
Steward.... Chris Pavlo

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

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up 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'Brien's 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'Brien's 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'Brien's 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.

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

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'Brien's 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 6/1020191021

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of womanhood in Ireland in the 50s. Kate has escaped from the countryside and returns to live with the married Eugene but her father and his cronies soon come looking for her with violent results.

Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Eugene.... Jonathan Forbes
Anna.... Catherine Cusack
Dada.... David Ganly
Jack Holland.... Jonjo O’Neill
Tom.... Paul Hickey
Andy.... Shaun Mason

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

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 50s

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

The Lonely Girl 7/1020191022

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 50s. Kate's father enlists the help of the Church to remove her from Eugene's house and Kate becomes scared that she will burn in hell for living in sin with a married man.

Cast
Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Eugene.... Jonathan Forbes
Eugene’s Mother.... Bríd Brennan
Simon.... Jonny Holden
Laura.... Ell Potter
Man in Pub.... David Hounslow

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

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 50s

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

The Lonely Girl 8/1020191023

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 50s. Kate realises that living with Eugene means putting up with his mother, his friends and constant comparisons to his ex-wife.

Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Eugene.... Jonathan Forbes
Eugene’s Mother.... Bríd Brennan
Simon.... Jonny Holden
Laura.... Ell Potter
Man in Pub.... David Hounslow

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

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 1950's.

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

The Lonely Girl 9/1020191024

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 1950s. Whilst Baba fears she is pregnant, Kate and Eugene's relationship begins to curdle.

Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Eugene.... Jonathan Forbes
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Simon.... Jonny Holden
Laura.... Ell Potter
Mary.... Grace Moloney
Joanna.... Susan Jameson
Gustav.... Sean Baker

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

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in Ireland in the 1950s

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