Dearest Old Darling
Written by Mary Kenny
Starring Jeannane Crowley
Tickets £12/£10 (concs)
Marking the centenary of votes for women with Constance Markievicz, through her own letters to her sister Eva.
Constance Markievicz, is a major symbol of female suffrage, and of a historic feminist victory: she was the first woman to be elected to parliament in Britain and Ireland, in December 1918. The was also an ardent participant in the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 –her military location being in St Stephen’s Green, at the College of Surgeons. Sentenced to be executed, she was spared “because of her sex” by the British authorities, but she went on to serve five prison sentences for participation in the Rising, and other “seditious” activities. She was born in Sligo as Constance Gore-Booth, and married a Polish nobleman, Count Casimir Markievicz. Constance was a feminist and a patriot – sometimes to extremes – but she was also an artist, a poet, a playwright, a Socialist, a gardener, a horsewoman of distinction, a crack shot, a lover of animals, flowers and trees, a carer for the poor, an embroiderer, a Catholic convert – unorthodox but spiritual – an erratic mother, a fond stepmother, and a very devoted sister to her younger sibling Eva Gore-Booth.
Drawing on Constance’s letters from prison and on wider historical sources, the writer Mary Kenny has composed a monologue, “Dearest Old Darling”, which brings a rounded picture of Madame Markievicz’s personality and her experiences over the tumultuous period between 1916 and 1926.
About Mary Kenny:
Mary Kenny is a veteran journalist, author and playwright, writing in Ireland and Britain. She has been published in over 30 newspapers and magazines, and is the author of several books on the themes of feminism, faith and social history. See www.mary-kenny.com