Frank McGuinness first came to prominence with his play The Factory Girls, first produced in The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

The Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co. Donegal when faced with losing their jobs.

The women characters are five strong and independent women: Ellen, Una, Vera, Rosemary and Rebecca who take on the boss and the union. Described as a truly realistic play filled with humour, charm, fine acting and staging; these 'girls' may never get back their jobs, but their brief adventure has brought each of them the insight that will give them the courage to soldier on.