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Frances Browne: In My Mind's Eye
Fri, October 14, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM IST
**Please note that we can only accept cash at the door. Please reserve the appropriate ticket, to be paid for upon collection.**
An original new play inspired by the life and work of ‘The blind poetess of Ulster’
Stranorlar native Frances Browne (1816 – 1879) was a prolific writer of short stories, poems essays and novels, best known for her book of fairytales Granny’s Wonderful Chair. Her achievements are all the more remarkable as she overcame poverty, lack of education, geographical isolation and the restrictions placed upon her as a blind woman to become an established and respected writer of her time.
Frances Browne: In My Mind’s Eye traces Browne’s journey from Stranorlar to London, and explores the relationships between Browne and her scribes – her sister Rebekah and her friend Eliza Hickman. Beautiful, moving, thought-provoking and funny, their story is a testament to the passion of the artistic struggle and to the power of the imagination.
About the playwright/director: This production marks Shirley-Anne’s professional debut as playwright and director. Shirley-Anne recently graduated with a First in the Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway and was selected for the Abbey Theatre’s Playwrights’ Hub in the 2015 Dublin Fringe Festival. She has been involved in teaching and producing drama for many years.
This production is presented as part of the #wakingthefeministswest programme, and is supported by Donegal County Council and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway.