Cow – the movie

I’ve finally uploaded my debut radio play, ‘Cow’ to YouTube. I’d love you to have a listen…

Storyline: Agi Kovacs, a beautiful Hungarian woman, arrives on Clearys’ farm, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, to work as a mushroom picker. The Clearys’ already strained, childless marriage appears under further threat by her presence, however an unlikely friendship develops between Marie Cleary and Agi, leading both women to a new world view.

I wrote and produced the play which was directed by Jim Nolan and featured Michael Power (Game of Thrones), Madeleine Brolly and Geraldine Crowley,

‘Cow’ was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) for broadcast on KCLR 96fm in April 2013.


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. Her full-length stage plays 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. December 2017 will see her work showcased at the Criterion theatre in London. 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

15 responses to “Cow – the movie

  • claudiajustsaying

    Love, love this story. Continued success. . . just saying

  • jpbohannon

    Oh, how wonderful! I missed it on Easter Monday, so am glad to finally hear. I begin teaching a course in Irish Lit at end of January. Would you mind if I included it in our “readings”? (I’m in the States.)

  • loz

    Sue, thank you for this. I’m at work just re-sizing images listening to Cow, and when Aggie is talking to the cow, I just had this moment of sadness but Happy too. This was just so good. I need to work more on writing meaningful and human interactions and this gave me more motivation to write.

  • hilarycustancegreen

    I listened to this in two halves (which is not ideal). I love the Irish voices and the setting. It was heartwarming to have a story about decent people making a decent fist of what life throws at them. I am a little tired of the dark and grisly characterisations of so much recent literature, but – just to be really picky – perhaps the story could have been a little less nice?

  • Tim Prasil

    Hi Sue,

    I’m just thinking through my keyboard here. Would it be helpful to offer Cow as a downloadable .mp3? (Soundcloud is one of many possible ways to do so for free.) Or is it already available in such a format?

    I ask because I really like to listen to audio drama on my iPod, and offering your play this way could be one more step toward world domina–uhm, to get your work more widely appreciated.

  • Sunflower

    What a wonderful story. LOVED listening to this just now, drinking coffee while propped up in bed under the covers on this lazy Sunday morning. Thanks for the adventure!

  • jpbohannon

    Hi Sue, First a belated St Patrick’s Day greeting to you. I loved the conclusion of “genius.” I wrote earlier saying I was teaching a course in Modern Irish Lit to 18-year old boys in America and would be using “Cow” as one of their “Texts.” We listened today and yesterday (which being the 25th and 26th of March were the actual days of the action.)
    Anyway, their assignment for tonight is “If they could ask the playwright any question about the play, what would it be?” If I get some interesting questions, could I forward them to you?


  • slightly irregular me

    Lovely story. Very moving. Thoroughly enjoyed listening.

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