Dearest Old Darling' is a Monologue drawn on the prison letters of Constance Markievicz. Edited and adapted by Mary Kenny, with an introduction and biographical essay.
Constance Markievicz, born Constance Gore-Booth, was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons in December 1918. As a Sinn Fein member, she did not take her seat. She had, of course, played a central role in the Easter Rising of 1916; spared execution because of her sex, she went on to spend five years of her life in prison in Ireland and England. Constance was a highly political person, but in her many letters to her sister Eva Gore-Booth, other, more domestic, even more spiritual, aspects of her personality emerge. The monologue mingles Constance's own words with recollections and evocations of her life and times - the politics, the arts, theatre, poetry and the Dublin social life that were part of her experiences, as well as her love of nature, animals, gardening, and hunting.
Mary Kenny is an experienced journalist and writer, who has been published in over 30 publications in Ireland and Britain. She has written a biography of William Joyce, "Lord Haw-Haw", Germany Calling and a study of Anglo-Irish relations Crown and Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy, and, most recently, Am I a Feminist? Are you?
Jeananne Crowley, who performs the role of Constance Markievicz, is an accomplished Irish actress and writer who has appeared on the stage of the Abbey and Gate Theatres and at the National Theatre in London, as well as on film (Educating Rita) and in the TV series Tenko and Dr Who.