Iron Annie comes to Dandalki’s house

That’s right, the stage adaptation of author Luke Cassidy’s acclaimed debut novel “Iron Annie” is coming to The Spirit Store Friday night as the George Quay venue features D’Town in this gritty love song.

It is also fitting that the lead role is being played by young Dundalk actress Georgia Cooney.

The show sees the 24-year-old starting her career as Aoife, whose love for Dundalk goes beyond his love for Annie.

The production, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Dublin’s Smock Abbey Theater before moving to Belfast and now Dundalk, has garnered favorable reviews as a piece of theater that brings the novel to life in a somewhat unconventional way that combines the play with music. mixes.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to bring Iron Annie to the Spirit Store,” says Luke, who was selected for the prestigious 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize for Novelists for the first time in Ireland and the UK.

“In a very real way, the store and the spirit with which it has cultivated over the years has been a huge inspiration for me in my own work. Mark Dear and Derek Turner have helped someone to raise the level of culture in the Northeast. And has done more than otherwise in my opinion.

“I love that all the actors have a deep connection to the city as well. What’s also great about the fact that the final scene of the show takes place on site, upstairs.”

Georgia is no stranger to the Spirit Store stage, having participated in several productions there with Dundalk MAD Youth Theater.

“I started going to MADYT when I was 16 and participated in a play by Quasi Bois. It inspired a passion in me and I said that’s what I wanted to do.”

After completing her education at Grasta Christian School, Georgia studied drama performance at TU Dublin. There he participated in several productions including ‘King Lear’, ‘Love and Information’ by Carol Churchill and ‘Eight’ by Ella Hixon.

After completing a three-year course, Georgia was taking a break from the theater world when a friend sent her details of a casting call for “Iron Annie.”

“The minute I read the script, I thought it would be perfect. I went to audition and later Luke called and offered me the part and it snowballed from there.”

It’s a dream role for Georgia as she gets to play Aoife, a small-time drug dealer from South Armagh who finds her tribe among misfits in Dundalk.

“It’s crazy. My first professional job is very close to home. I’m playing a Dandak girl in a drama set in Dandak and I’m really excited to be performing it at The Spirit Store.”

Georgia is center stage for most of the time, as the show takes the form of a monologue with Aoife as she explains her love for the mysterious Annie and her friendship with the Rat King.

As in the novel, music plays an important role in the show, with Annie June Callaghan bringing folk songs written by The Dandelion Few and False Slag to life with some punk rock.

“It’s a great show, a lot of fun doing it,” says Georgia, who is enjoying the audience response.

“We sold out three nights at Smock Abbey and then went to Belfast. Every audience is completely different so it’s fun to feel the room.”

Later in the month, the show, which is directed by Ryan Jeffrey, will be held in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Tickets for Friday’s performance are €16.50 (including booking fee) and available on the Spirit Store website.