Power of silence: Teresa Deevy returns to Abbey
Once regarded as the playwright who would succeed Sean O’Casey as the next shining light of the Abbey Theatre, Teresa Deevy emerged with gusto in the early 1930s, but just over a decade later had fallen into obscurity.
With an extraordinary body of over 25 plays, it is timely that the Abbey is currently reviving Deevy’s best-known work, Katie Roche.
Deevy made her playwriting debut at the National Theatre in 1930 with her successful play The Reapers and then began a period of remarkable productivity with an average of one new play per year until Katie Roche in 1936. A place in the repertoire seemed certain when Katie Roche toured the US in 1938, along with plays by Synge and O’Casey.