MARY AND ME Written & Performed by Irene Kelleher Directed by Belinda Wild.
**Bobby Award Nominated show**- Brighton Fringe 2017
THE ARGUS- BRIGHTON ★★★★★
Inspired by a true story. Ireland, 1986 and a fifteen year old girl dies giving birth at a grotto. An original and sometimes humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding in a conversation with the statue of the Virgin Mary.
“It’s many writers’ dream to have their first play be as good as this…Kelleher pulls it off perfectly. Not only is she a brilliant performer, whose commanding energy fills the space, but she is also an exceptionally talented writer, having penned a script with an abundance of character that builds a world around Hannah so vividly it could succeed in any space.”- BROADWAY BABY ★★★★★
"Despite the dark subject matter, this superbly crafted piece wasn't maudlin. A moving and important tragedy.”THE ARGUS- BRIGHTON ★★★★★
“A powerful and moving production.” “A gripping and absorbing one woman show” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ★★★★
*Although inspired by a true story, this is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places and events are the product of the playwright's imagination. Duration: 70 minutes - no interval
Irene Kelleher- Writer and Performer: Irene trained in Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts which specifies in Shakespearean Actor training and also holds a First Class Honours Degree and Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, UCC. Irene played the title role in Ian Wild’s one-woman show, Mrs Shakespeare, which was awarded the Argus Angel Award, received critical acclaim and has toured to Off Broadway (Cherry Lane), Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton and enjoyed sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Her first venture into writing was the short film Outside the Box that won Best Irish Short Film - Fastnet Film Festival, 2013. Irene was awarded the Best Actress Award for her performance of Aoibhe in the film The Trouble with Aoibhe at the BlackBird Film Festival in NYC. Her performance as Maria in Stars in the Morning Sky in the Belgrade Theatre, directed by Hamish Glen, was her UK debut in 2012. She has performed in venues all across Ireland and the UK and also in New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Irene performed the role of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw in Smock Alley and The Everyman Theatre in 2015 and the role of ‘Orlaith’ in the Irish Premiere of Ailis Ni Rian’s play ‘Desolate Heaven’. Irene’s most recent role was that of Kitty Kiernan in Pat Talbot’s Production of A Great Arrangement which had a 5 week run in Cork City (Everyman and The Gardens Theatre) and then went on a nationwide tour- venues included The Gaiety, The MAC Belfast, The Lime-Tree Theatre and Backstage Theatre.