Sat 5 Jun - Sun 13 Jun

MARY AND ME, by Irene Kelleher (2021)


Presented by The Everyman
5-13 June 2021

A version re-imagined for on demand video streaming

“I loved him for being honest. Not being one thing in public and the other behind closed doors. Those people are the worst Mary. But we don’t talk about that… we don’t talk.”

The award-winning, critically acclaimed show Mary and Me returned to The Everyman in a version re-imagined for digital presentation.

Ireland, 1986. Hannah is fifteen. She lives in a claustrophobic small town. Sure, she has friends, but no one who understands her, no one she can confide in, who will listen to her. And she is going to need a lot of understanding and support. 

A teenage girl begins a series of conversations with a statue of the Virgin Mary at a grotto.

Inspired by a true story, Mary and Me is a compellingly original imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding and meaning. It is also a rich and funny evocation of Ireland in the 1980s. 

What reviewers have said about Mary and Me:

★★★★ “Written and performed with huge delicacy and skill. A writer to watch.” – The Stage

★★★★ “Be advised: you better buckle up for this one. Because Kelleher is going to make you fall completely in love with Hannah from Kilthomas. Then she is going to break your heart.” – The Arts Review

★★★★★ “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

★★★★★ “Mary and Me is a stunning debut imbued with honesty and candor.” – Miro Magazine

★★★★★ “A moving and important tragedy.” – The Argus – Brighton

★★★★ “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.” – Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ “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.

The play is published by Oberon Books. 


Written & Performed by Irene Kelleher
Directed by Belinda Wild
Sound & Video Design by Cormac O’ Connor
Lighting Design by Dónal McNinch
Filmed and Edited by Seán Breathnach

Age recommendation: 14+

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