COW!

ImageEaster Monday, 11 a.m. (local Irish time), sees KCLR 96fm broadcast ‘Cow’, a radio drama set in Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny.

Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, ‘Cow’ tells the story of Agi, a beautiful Hungarian woman with a secret who arrives on Damien and Marie Cleary’s farm in Glenmore to work as a mushroom picker. The Clearys’ already strained, childless marriage appears under further threat by her presence. An unlikely friendship develops between Marie and Agi however, leading both women to a new world view.

In a light hearted fashion, ‘Cow’ views the rural South East through the eyes of a foreigner bemused by cultural mainstays such as hurling and camogie, D.J. Carey, pub culture and the power of Smithwick’s beer. The forty-minute drama also explores contemporary issues such as Eastern European immigration into rural Ireland and social perceptions of women, both immigrant and native.

 

Director Jim Nolan is a founder member of Red Kettle Theatre Company and a former Writer in Association with the Abbey Theatre. He is a member of Aosdana. ‘Cow’ was written and produced by Sue Healy, a native of Waterford City who has won seven national awards for her writing, including the Molly Keane Prize. Her award-winning play ‘Shellakybooky’ is one of six chosen for performance at the Contemporary European Drama Review, Norwich, UK, in April this year. ‘Cow’ features Waterford actor Michael Power, who recently shot an episode of Game of Thrones for HBO and is currently in rehearsals for Richard II with the Abbey Players. ‘Cow’ also stars BBC Radio 4 veteran Madeleine Brolly, an Oxford-born actor whose family hails from Clonoulty Co. Tipperary and Dublin-based actor Geraldine Crowley of Barrabehy, Co. Kilkenny. ‘Cow’ was edited by senior BBC sound engineer Eugene Sully – who is probably best known as the runner-up in Big Brother 6.

 

‘Cow’ will be broadcast by KCLR 96fm after the 11am news on April 1st (Easter Monday). The play can also be simultaneously streamed live via the KCLR 96fm website.

Poster by Amelia Power Design.

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About suehealy

Award-winning Irish writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. January 2018 sees her play Imaginationship run for three weeks at the Finborough Theatre. Previous productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Finborough, Arcola, Hackney Attic and Sterts theatres, and at festivals including the Claremorris Fringe (New Writing Award winner), the Brighton (Sussex Playwrights’ Award winner), the UEA Contemporary European Drama Festival, Norwich. Her work will also be showcased at the Criterion theatre on Dec. 4th. Radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and the Old Vic 12 New Voices. Sue's prose has won the the Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award and has been published widely. Sue has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from juried artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. Sue is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She is currently London-based, completing a Ph.D. on the Royal Court Theatre. Sue is an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the Universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, and tutors Creative Writing at City Lit. She is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre. View all posts by suehealy

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