What Would the Countess Say?

By Martina Devlin, Directed by Margaret Dunne.

We heard on Saturday 21st September 2019 what the Countess said when the original story (What Would the Countess Say?) written by Martina in her book Truth and Dare and adapted and directed by Margaret Dunne was performed to a full capacity audience at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.  Afterwards Anne Cassin explored the life of Countess Markievicz and the origin of the idea for the story with Martina and how the collaboration between herself and Margaret brought the play to life.

In the centenary year of Countess Markievicz being appointed the first Minister for Labour in 1919, Dalkey Castle celebrates the anniversary with a stage adaptation of Martina Devlin’s story What Would the Countess Say? directed by Margaret Dunne. The story first appeared in Martina’s latest collection Truth & Dare: Short Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland.

Countess Markievicz pushed against boundaries and paved the way for other women in politics. In the play, Martina explores what the Countess might say if she were to come back to cast an eye over progress – the premise underpinning the play.

The play celebrates her achievements – but also highlights the need for more to be done to pave the way for women’s participation in public life.

Pictured after the event Director, Margaret Dunne, Ambassador to Belgium Helena Nolan and the Author, Martina Devlin.