Deirdre of the Sorrows

Dierdre painting by John McKirdy Duncan (1866 - 1945) story retold by Giles Abbott

Dierdre of the Sorrows painting by John McKirdy Duncan (1866 – 1945)

A girl is born, a prophecy is made and so begins one of the greatest stories of Irish mythology, the story of Deirdre of the Sorrows.

Her epic story, retold in three parts by Giles Abbott, is violent, sensual, funny, hugely romantic and tragic, and though it’s feet are in the past (Iron Age in origin) it is a story whose eyes are firmly fixed on the present.

Is beauty, for a woman, a blessing or a curse? And if a curse, why? Imagine the story of Helen of Troy, but told from Helen’s point of view!

Recorded live, text improvised in the moment from a deeply known story, this is like an audiobook for your eyes – a vbook in three gripping episodes!

Deirdre Of The Sorrows Episode 1

Episode 1 (about 30 minutes duration) is yours for FREE here on YouTube. An epic and a bargain.

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Deirdre Of The Sorrows
Episodes 2, 3 and 4

Continue the story to its astonishing conclusion.

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“Utterly compelling!”

“On Saturday, I drove a total of five hours to see Giles Abbott perform Deirdre Of The Sorrows. It was SO worth it.”

“A mesmerising performance – I didn’t want to go home!”

“Very cinematic, with a gift for getting under the surface of the metaphor.”

“Made the characters real whilst keeping their symbolic power – the best I’ve heard!”

“A bewitching performance!”

“The most amazing experience of my life – I’ve never known anything like it!”

“I remember and tell everyone how I sat for two hours with my feet in two inches of water with rain dripping from the tent running down the back of my neck. The atmosphere inside that marquee was magical, it was so silent you could have heard a pin drop. A memory I will keep with me for the rest of my life.”

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Visit Giles Abbott on YouTube and Vimeo

Visit Giles Abbott on YouTube and Vimeo