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Thursday 17 April 2014

Geraldine plays the blushing bride in Abbey's new archive

SHE will forever be the blushing bride in an old photo.

Geraldine Plunkett has told of her delight at seeing herself and her acting colleagues immortalised as part of the Abbey Theatre's new digital archive project.

The Dublin-born star began her professional career at the Abbey in 1962 when she played a bride in 'They Got What They Wanted' by Louis D'Alton.

A picture from the play's opening night is one of nearly two million items that will be stored on a database.

The Abbey is collaborating with NUI Galway on 'A Digital Journey through Irish Theatre History', which was launched by President Michael D Higgins.

The archive contains original posters, programmes, photos, minute books, lighting plans, set and costume designs, prompt scripts and audio files.

Former 'Glenroe' star Geraldine said: "We're all immortalised, we're all archived now. It's amazing. I remember that play so well, the memories are very vivid, but I'd never seen that photo of myself.

"It's very special, as it was my first proper performance on stage. It was interesting to see the picture, but it was a shock to see it too."

The oldest item is an 1894 poster of the first production of 'The Land Of Heart's Desire' by WB Yeats, which was staged at London's Avenue Theatre.

Irish Independent

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