Miriam is a playwright, novelist & screenwriter. Her background is working in theatre and film, as actor, writer, director and producer. She has also had experience as a speech & language therapist, working in Dublin hospitals and clinics and lecturing at University College Dublin and the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital. Her book 'Let's Help Our Children Talk' is translated into Dutch.
Miriam's work has been produced worldwide including an Off-Off Broadway production of FANCY FOOTWORK for New York International Fringe Festival 2009; World Premiere of GREEN RAIN for Enniskillen Arts Festival 2010; World Premiere of LESSONS WITH CHOPIN for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. A new full length play, A WASTELAND HARVEST received a staged reading Off-Off Broadway in 2011.
Miriam's work is referred to in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (2002) and she is profiled in Irish Women Writers: An A-Z Guide (2006); and Irish Women Writers: A new Critical Perspective (2011). Her work is discussed in recent essays by academics in Hungary and North America.
Her most recent book of plays is 'Green Rain', as described below. Her website is at: www.miriamgallagher.ie
Miriam recently returned from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where her 'Lessons with Chopin' premiered to a full house.
Green Rain ~ Irish Composers on Stage
Published by Mirage, Dublin. Launched by composer and musician Andrew Robinson.
The book explores in dramatic form the lives and music of harpist - composer Carolan, pianist - composers John Field and Joan Trimble, and opera composers Wallace and Balfe. These musical interludes span 300 years.
(Rté Radio Drama) FM3 Wed. Christmas Eve 1986 3.30 (Treasure House).......inspired by MG's stage play Bohemians (Celebrating Wallace & Balfe, Irish Opera Composers).
The radio play
celebrates the life and music of Wallace (full name William Vincent Wallace), Irish composer & musician, who composed Martitana; his bicentenary is 2012.
The producer was Tim Danaher. Recordings of Wallace's music were taken from the Rté sound library.
(Rté Radio Drama) RADIO 1. Thurs. Christmas Day 1986 3.02......adapted from MG's stage play. A musical entertainment celebrating the life and music of the last great Irish Harper-composer Turlough O'Carolan.
Carolan . . . Martin Dempsey
Mc Cabe . . . Brendan Cauldwell
Charles O'Conor . . . Garvan Mc Grath
Denis O'Conor . . . Peter Dix
Mary O'Conor . . . Deirdre O'Meara
Mary Mc Dermottroe . . . Daphne Carroll
Voices: . . .Ann Marie Horan, Cathryn Brennan and Marion O'Dwyer
Directed by William Styles.
(Carolan Music recorded at Rté Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin and performed by Michael Mc Ivor (classical guitar) ,
Eoin Dunne (recorders) and Noreen O'Donoughue (harp) .
RADIO 1, Tues Nov 9th 1999 9.02pm (Rté Radio Drama Play of the Week).
This was adapted from MG's stage play.
Alwych . . . Deirdre Monaghan
Shyllag . . . Ann Marie Horan
Man . . . Al Mc Kenna
Producer: Sean O'Briain
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
Note - Joan Trimble - a much under-rated composer in England.
Joan and Valerie Trimble were a celebrated two-piano duo. I played a lot of Joan Trimble's music a few years ago with my two-piano partner Gordon Burnett - 'Buttermilk Point', 'Humours of Carrick' and 'The Bard of Lisgoole' were particular favourites.
These pieces were among those included in MG's 'Green Rain', performed on stage 2010.
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