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date: 26 June 2019

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Although Lady Gregory was one of the first directors of the Abbey and one of its most popular and prolific playwrights, Irish theatre in the popular perception has been seen as dominated by men. Taking the disputed authorship of the pivotal play, Cathleen ni Houlihan (co-authored by Gregory and Yeats, but long attributed to Yeats), as an emblem of this eclipse of women in Irish theatre, this chapter addresses the important part played by actors such as Sara Allgood and actor-directors like Ria Mooney and Shelah Richards, as well as recognizing that playwrights such as Alice Milligan, Teresa Deevy, and Dorothy McArdle were important figures in shaping the styles and concerns of the theatre of the period. The resulting reappraisal of the period helps us to see Irish theatre history differently, focusing on the alternatives so often articulated by women of the time.

Keywords: Augusta Gregory, Abbey Theatre, Sara Allgood, Ria Mooney, Shelah Richards, Dorothy McArdle, Teresa Deevy

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