Friday 23 February 2018

Edna still haunted by opening night nerves

Edna O'Brien at the opening of her play.
Edna O'Brien at the opening of her play.
Clockwise from right, actress Marion O'Dwyer, Noel Pearson, actor Gerry McSorley and Brian Friel.

Grainne Cunningham

FIVE decades of reviews have not inured award-winning author Edna O'Brien to the sting of the critic's pen, the doyenne of Irish literature confessed last night.

Speaking just moments before the opening night of her new play 'Haunted' at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, she said: "An opening is always a nervous occasion."

The prolific writer, who turns 80 in December, said 'Haunted' was both "dark and light, you can't have one without the other".

Gay Byrne, 'The View' presenter John Kelly and John Hurt's son Sasha were among those who packed the Gaiety.

'Haunted' runs until this Saturday before going to Belfast and then for an extended run in Britain.

Earlier, veteran playwright Brian Friel dropped into the Gaiety for a rehearsal of one of his most celebrated works.

'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' was first staged at the Gaiety in 1964, catapulting the playwright to international prominence.

It returns to the theatre next month, reuniting several cast members from the award-winning production of another of his plays, 'Dancing at Lughnasa'.

Brid Brennan, Gerry McSorley, Marion O'Dwyer and Barry McGovern are reuniting for the run which opens on March 10.

Irish Independent

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