Dublin Lyric
Girls in Silk Kimonos


Girls in Silk Kimonos – 21, 30 Jan & 6 Feb 2019

Based on correspondence between Constance Markievicz and her sister Eva Gore-Booth

Countess Markievicz with her childrenConstance Markievicz with her daughter Maeve and stepson Stanislaw, at Lissadell House, Sligo.

Dublin Lyric, in association with the National Library, presented a performance of Girls in Silk Kimonos at the National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin in the Mezzanine Room on three evenings in January & February 2019.

The play, by the late Miriam Gallagher, centres on the correspondence between Constance Markievicz and her sister Eva Gore-Booth. After the performance, director Conor O'Malley leads a lively discussion with members of the audience.

The acting team was Mia Gallagher and Una McNulty in the roles of Constance and Eva respectively; and Declan Brennan in the role of Narrator.

The reading was directed by Conor O'Malley and music was provided by Ciaran Tourish of Áltan and MJ Sullivan sang James Connolly by Patrick Galvin:

"... the hero of each working man ...".

Countess MarkieviczConstance Markievicz as Lady Alathea in 'The Dillettante' by Casimir Markievicz – December 1908.


Mia Gallagher, who played Constance Markievicz, has worked as a deviser/performer with many Irish theatre companies, touring nationally and abroad. Mia is also the acclaimed author of two novels and a short-story collection, Shift, recently shortlisted for the 2018 Irish Book Awards. She is a contributing editor of the literary journal The Stinging Fly and in 2018 was elected as a member of Aosdána.

Dublin Lyric was pleased to acknowledge the support of the Commemoration Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for these performances.

There were two readings of Girls in Silk Kimonos in November 2018, at the Booterstown Community and Arts Centre and the National Library in Dublin followed by further performances in January and February 2019 in the Mezzanine Room at the National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin.


RTÉ Radio 1 'Arena' arts show

Seán Rocks interviewed Conor O'Malley and Mia Gallagher about the play during an edition of the RTÉ Radio 1 arts show 'Arena' that was broadcast on Wednesday 17 January 2019. A recording of that interview is in the audio player above.

For more about the Miriam Gallagher collection in the library, see nli.ie

Girls in Silk KimonosPoster for readings of 'Girls in Silk Kimonos' in the National Library – Jan/Feb 2019

The images in this slideshow can be viewed separately in a gallery of photos.

'Girls in Silk Kimonos' Audio Playlist

To listen to one of the audio recordings below, click on the 'Audio' play button.

Audio Description
Mia Gallagher as 'Countess Markievicz' reading from 'Journal Eire' 18 August 1923. (Duration: 30secs)
Mia Gallagher & Declan Brennan as 'Countess Markievicz' and her husband 'Casi' in a scene from the play, where they are not getting on well. (Duration: 1min 30sec)
Mia Gallagher and Conor O'Malley in conversation about the play and the playwright, the late Miriam Gallagher, Mia's mother. (Duration: 7min 30sec)
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