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Don't miss this charming piece of theatre in the city's most intimate venue.

One of our favourite authors, the inimitable Mary Kenny, has written Dearest Old Darling, a monologue about Constance Markievicz’s extraordinary life and times – and, in particular, the tumultuous period between 1916 and 1926. Constance’s many-faceted personality is portrayed with warmth and conviction by the renowned actress Jeananne Crowley at the Little Museum for three evenings this November. The performances will take place on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November.

Markievicz is a major symbol of female suffrage and of a historic feminist victory: in December 1918, she became the first woman to be elected to Parliament in the United Kingdom or Ireland. She was also an ardent participant in the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. Her military location was here in St Stephen’s Green, at the College of Surgeons. Sentenced to be executed, she was spared “because of her sex” by the British authorities, but she went on to serve five prison sentences for participation in the Rising and other “seditious” activities.

She was born in Sligo as Constance Gore-Booth but married Casimir Markievicz, a Polish nobleman. Constance was a feminist and a patriot – sometimes to extremes – but she was also an artist; a poet; a playwright; a Socialist; a gardener; a horsewoman of distinction; a crack shot; a lover of animals, flowers and trees; a carer for the poor; an embroideress; an unorthodox but spiritual Catholic convert; an erratic mother; a fond stepmother; and a devoted confidante to her younger sister Eva Gore-Booth.

“Jeananne’s – and Mary’s – performance of ‘Dearest Old Darling’ was certainly one of the highlights of the Clifden Arts Festival, as was demonstrated by the audience reaction and the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received.”

Des Lally, Programme Coordinator at Clifden Arts Festival 2018.