Margaret Maher and the Celtification of Emily Dickinson

Academy of Music Theatre (274 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060)


Margaret Maher and the Celtification of Emily Dickinson presented by Wilde Irish Women
The story of Emily Dickinson’s Irish maid, the woman who saved her poetry

If the Irish can claim they saved civilization then we dare to claim that Margaret Maher saved Emily Dickinson’s poems. Experience the lauded performance that reveals the unlikely story of a humble Irish maid’s influence on her reclusive mistress, Emily. Dickinson

Margaret Maher, a humble Irish maid, defied Emily’s death bed decree to burn her poems. Her brave independent thinking and courageous action came of being born in Ireland, in a country where poems are respected not burned. There is so much more to the story…

The latest show from Rosie Caine and Wilde Irish women explores this fascinating and unexplored aspect of Emily’s life in “the Celtification of Emily Dickinson.”

About Wilde Irish Women
Founded by Rosemary Caine of Ardee, County Louth, Ireland, Wilde Irish Women is a collaborative performance group based in Western Massachusetts. The ensemble comprises musicians, actors and singers who have been together since the early 2000’s. Its mission is to illuminate through original music and story the lives of Irish geniuses of literature and legend — saints and sinners included! The focus is on Irish culture, as well as the forgotten women of Irish history and always delivered with Caine’s signature good humor.

When Rosemary arrived in Western Massachusetts in the 70’s, there was a dearth of Irish Arts. Since no one quite gave her her own Irish Embassy, she set about establishing a group of like minded lovers of music and theatre. She has written five musicals for the ensemble: Wilde Irish Women (2004); Women In Arms (2006, with Old Deerfield Productions); Last High Queen Of Ireland (with Old Deerfield Productions); The Wilde Irish Women of James Joyce (2015); and The Easter Rising Of 1916 (2016).

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Show Date/Time:
Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 7:30 pm through 9:00 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20.00 - $30.00 ($25.16 - $35.86 after Fees)

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