Maggie’s first play, a solo show called A Most Notorious Woman premiered at the Chisenhale Dance Space in August 1989 prior to a run at The Arter Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (Original direction by Lucy Mole). A revised version, directed by Paddy Scully, was premiered at The Garage, Monaghan, in March 1995. Since then, the play has been performed by Maggie across Ireland, The UK and the USA.
The script won the Stewart Parker Trust/ BBC Radio Drama Award for 1995 and was published by Lagan Press in 2004. Productions of the play have also been performed in Washington DC and San Francisco. For performing rights please get in touch.
Maggie Cronin’s capacity to delight and to chill an audience in the turn of a phrase makes for a fine night’s entertainment.Belfast News Letter
Cronin is clearly a writer. Her play is intelligent, inventive, playful and blessed with the Irish gift for vividly descriptive language.Damien Jaques, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A brave, bold, free spirited show of enormous dramatic power.Lyn Gardner, City Limits
Cronin has fashioned a play that is delicate, funny and richly textured… With a few simple props – a battered suitcase, a white silk sheet which doubles as a table cloth, a wedding dress and a billowing ship’s sail – Grace’s free spirit is evoked.Helen Meany, Irish Times