Mount Prospect by Una Troy: WIT and Garter Lane Arts Centre Collaboration

  • Kealy, U. (Organiser)
  • Caroline Senior (Organiser)
  • Jim Nolan (Organiser)
  • Sile Penkert (Organiser)
  • Mc Carthy, K. (Member of programme committee)
  • Joy Rooney (Member of programme committee)
  • Mark Graham (Member of programme committee)

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With strong Waterford connections, Una Troy was born in 1910 in Fermoy, Co Cork. She began her writing career under the name of Elizabeth Connor, and her novels from this period are Mount Prospect (1936) which was banned in Ireland; and Dead Star’s Light (Methuen, 1938). In 1940 she adapted Mount Prospect for the stage, winning the Shaw Prize from the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, where it was successfully produced. She continued to write for the Abbey Theatre, producing three more plays: Swans and Geese (1941), Apple A Day (1942), and Dark Road (1947). Her novel 'We Are Seven' was adapted as the film 'She Didn’t Say No' and premiered in 1958.

Beginning in the mid-fifties she published all her work as Una Troy, producing fifteen novels, published in both London and America. In collaboration with Garter Lane and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Theatre Artist-in-Residency-Fund WIT students studying Theatre Sudies and English within the BA Arts degree and students studing on the Graphic Design and Music degree programmes were encouraged and supported to contribute their expertise to the production of Mount Prospect in the capacity of actors, musicians and designers.
Event typeOther
LocationWaterford, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational