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An Chomhairle Ealaíon Playography In English


Elizabeth Connor

1910 - 1993

Pen name of the dramatist Una Troy who had a number of works premiered in the Abbey in the 1940s. She began her writing career under the name of Elizabeth Connor, publishing her first novel Mount Prospect at Methuen (London) in 1936 when she was 26. This book was banned in Ireland. Her second novel of that period, Dead Star's Light,was published by Methuen (London) in 1938. In 1940 she adapted Mount Prospect for the stage, winning the Shaw 1st Prize from the Abbey Theatre 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), which was based on her novel Dead Star's Light. Beginning in the mid-fifties she published all her work as Una Troy, producing fifteen novels, published in both London and America. Her novel We Are Seven, published by Heinemann in London in 1955, was adapted to a film, She Didn't Say No for which she was the co-writer. The film was England's official entry in the Brussels World Film Festival in 1958, and was banned in Ireland as being "immoral."