About the book…
"Coole Lady combines the dramatic intensity of Beckettian
monologue with the graceful elegance of Lady Gregory's autobiographical prose
(Eat your heart out, Billie Whitelaw)."
~ Jonathan Allison, Director, Yeats International Summer School
"I loved it. The play revealed a lot more about this remarkable woman
than we all thought we knew. Joan McCready's performance was nothing less
than a 'tour de force'."
~ Paddy O'Flaherty, BBC Radio Ulster
"Joan McCready commands the stage as Lady Gregory, talking us through
her remarkable life. Coole Lady is finely crafted, well performed,
informative and entertaining."
~ Grania McFadden, Belfast Telegraph
Coole Lady is a memory play. From her estate at Coole Park, Lady Gregory,
co-founder of Dublin's Abbey Theatre, reflects on a life of service to her
country, her family and her friends. She recalls times when she was the
centre of Ireland's literary life and periods of personal tragedy lived in
the midst of national struggle. She speaks frankly about her love affairs and
her determined efforts to ensure the survival of her beloved Coole. Pround
and indomitable on the outside, Lady Gregory reveals a passionate nature and
deep vulnerability within. More than anything, the play is a story of
survival and courage that engages our sympathies and touches our hearts.