Other Plays by Miriam Gallagher
Gallagher, Miriam (Irish playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 1940-____), “Carolan's Cap,”
a 45-minute bare-stage interlude with music in English; also, translated into Finnish by Tiina Ripatti, set in a convivial 'Big House', evening as he takes his nightcap of ale, 1738,
© 1986 by Miriam Gallagher;
• in Miriam Gallagher’s Carolan's Cap (Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland: The Author, 2003);
• script/rights available from Miriam Gallagher, 53, Upper Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.miriamgallagher.ie, telephone 353-1-4976880, fax 353-1-4976880.
• Cited by Miriam Gallagher via ftp December 15, 2003; Gallagher says,
Turlough O'Carolan (m), famous Irish harper-composer (1670-1738), convivial, in his prime. Though blind he is full of life and laughter.
“O'Carolan, famous Irish harper-composer, convivial, in his prime, conjures up his life, loves, people and places through the power of his music, making a seamless tapestry of dramatic colour. Carolan, dressed as in life, though blind, entertains with wit, laughter and 'divilment' while he consumes his customary nightcap of ale. He recounts visits to his patrons, his beloved Brigid Cruise, his poem for Miss Fetherston, whom he followed on her way to Mass. He remembers with glee the musical contest with Geminiani and the famous tune that came from it ('Mrs. Power' or 'Carolan's Concerto'). As he takes his leave, the lone recorder/flute plays the poignant ‘Farewell to Music.’
• “Easy to stage. A convivial 'Big House' (suggested). No scene change. Props are a table chair and his tankard of ale. Great scope for actor. Musicians, for example, could include classical guitar, recorders, harp.
• “Premiered in National Concert Hall, RT, Dublin, Ireland, 1986. Produced later in Carolan Fest, Keadue, Helsinki, and in Estonia (Tallin) Other Irish productions and radio broadcast by Rté. The Finnish production included no harp but flute and classical guitar.
• “Informative and absorbing entertainment with a sensitivity of construction."—Irish Times.
• “A performance of joy and confidence."—Turun Sanomat, Helsinki.
• “Her work has been staged and screened in Ireland, UK, Europe, U.S.A., Canada. Translated into Irish, Dutch, Russian and Finnish.
• Miriam Gallagher’s biography is available at http://www.miriamgallagher.ie: “Miriam Gallagher is an Irish author, playwright and screenwriter. Her work has been staged & screened in Ireland, Europe, USA & Canada and translated into Irish, Dutch, French, Finnish and Russian. Her plays are published: Fancy Footwork (Dublin, Soc. Irish Playwrights, 1997, 2nd Edition); Kalahari Blues & Other Plays (Dublin, Mirage, 2006) and The Gold of Tradaree and Other Plays (Dublin, Mirage, 2008) Her novel Song for Salamander was published in 2004 (Trafford, Canada) and launched at the United Arts Club, Dublin by Macdara Woods, a leading Irish poet who called it 'A paradigm for ; our times.' Her short stories are published in several anthologies of Irish writing followed by a book, Pusakis at Paros and Other Stories (2008, Trafford, Canada) Her film Gypsies had screenings in Ireland, UK, New York, San Francisco and at International Children's Film Festival, Hyderabad, India. She received Arts Council & European Script Fund awards for Girls in Silk Kimonos (feature length screenplay celebrating Constance & Eva Gore Booth) Other awards include MHA TV Script Award for Kevin, EU Theatre award, a Writer's Exchange to Finland and recently The Parting Glass was an international prizewinner of the 'Near & Far' Playwrighting Contest (USA). Miriam has served on the committees of Irish PEN, Irish Writers Union, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Society of Irish Playwrights and as a judge for the O.Z. Whitehead Play Competition. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Dublin, Galway, Athens, New York, Boston and Pretoria. Her Mss are in the National Library and film work in the Irish Film Archive.”
• Research could include Patrick Ball’s Celtic Harp 1: Music of Turlough O'Carolan (Fortuna Records, October 16, 1991), B0000007SD, containing (1) “Carolan's Quarrel With the Landlady,” (2) “Maurice O'Connor,” (3) “Blind Mary,” (4) “Carolan's Receipt for Drinking,” (5) “Carolan's Ramble to Cashel,” (6) “Carolan's Welcome,” (7) “Young William Plunkett,” (8) “George Brabazon,” (9) “Lady Athenry/Fanny Poer,” (10) “Give Me Your Hand,” (11) “Lady Maxwell,” (12) “Dermott O'Dowd/Queen's Dream,” (13) “Mrs. Judge,” (14) “Carolan's Farewell to Music,” (15) “Sheebeg, Sheemore.”
• The Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters' Guild, originally named the Society of Irish Playwrights or SIP, “was founded in 1969 to safeguard the rights of playwrights. However nowadays it is involved just as much in screenwriters' issues as well as stage dramatists. Originally based in Liberty Hall where it had it's own office and a fulltime administrator, the Guild is now based in the Irish Writers' Centre 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, and has access to the secretarial and admin staff who work there. At present the Guild is a totally voluntary organisation run for and by writers. The Guild is affiliated to SIPTU, is a member of the European Writers' Congress, and has close alliances with the International Affiliation of World Guilds. The Guild has a considerable influence on writers' contracts in Radio and TV and, to a lesser extent, in Theatre. The Guild runs regular courses for aspiring writers and administers the annual O.Z. Whitehead playwriting competition. The Guild has a member on the Abbey Board of Directors and has two members on the Board of the Irish Writers' Centre.”—Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, http://www.writerscentre.ie/IPSG.html, accessed December 15, 2003.
• Page mounted December 17, 2003, and updated December 18, 2003, December 8, 2008, by the Webmaster.
genius, Irish harp music, O'Carolan (Turlough O'Carolan, famous Irish harpist-composer, 1670-1738).