Mary and Me
Ireland 1986 : A teenage girl begins a series of conversations with a statue of the Virgin Mary in a grotto. Inspired by a true story, Mary and Me is a compellingly original and often humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding and meaning at a time of turmoil in her life. After five star reviews at the Brighton Festival, and an invitation to appear at PERCEPTIONS, the new festival of women’s writing in London, Mary and Me now embarks on its first Irish tour.
Followed by chat show with Bob Kelly
BROADWAY BABY ★★★★★
“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.”
THE ARGUS- BRIGHTON ★★★★★
"Despite the dark subject matter, this superbly crafted piece wasn't maudlin.”
“A moving and important tragedy.”
THE STAGE ★★★★
"Written and performed with huge delicacy and skill...
Mary and Me is a beautiful, one-woman show...
Mary and Me is a moving new play, with a fantastic performance from Kelleher, who also marks herself out as a writer to watch...
Moving one-woman show sensitively written and deftly performed by promising Irene Kelleher.
THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ★★★★
“A powerful and moving production.”
“A gripping and absorbing one woman show”
EDINBURGH GUIDE ★★★★
"Kelleher’s performance is riveting..
she wrings every emotion from her own script in this outstanding solo show...
Clever, simple staging and excellent sound design provide atmosphere.
You could not pray to see much better in this Fringe."
"Kelleher is magnificently talented....
Her naturalistic portrayal is heart-wrenching."
... Mary and Me appeals to every compassionate theatre lover...
A compelling performance of gripping new writing based on a true story."