Love Hate’s Mary Murray stars in new ‘hilarious’ play

by Rebecca Ryan

Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre will be home to hilarious play ‘Holy Mary’ next week.

Award winning actress Mary Murray is known for her TV and film work in The Magdalene Sisters, Adam and Paul and most famously for her role as Nidge’s lover Janet in RTE’s television series Love/Hate.

The 39-year-old Dubliner has just embarked on a national tour starring in ‘Holy Mary’ and she told Dublin Gazette the play is “hilarious.”

“It’s written by Eoin Colfer, who’s well known for the Artemis Fowl series children’s books. He’s an amazing writer. He writes children brilliantly.”

Holy Mary is the story of two nine-year-old girls on the days leading up to the social occasion of the year: Their First Holy Communion.

Mary (Mary Murray) and Majella (Jacinta Sheeran) have been mortal enemies since baby infants, and things have gotten even worse since Mary’s daddy moved in with Majella’s mammy.

Mary explained: “The play centres around two little girls in 1986 and they’re making their first holy communion and they both hate each other!”

The cast of two play two mothers, a benevolent priest, a patient teacher, a misguided father and two cheeky and lovable nine-year olds.

Speaking on tackling a script with multiple roles, Mary said: “There’s a lot to learn but you just have to do it like everything else! There’s going to be an audience in the end and you better be good!”

The talented actress said the feedback from the play has been great.

“We tested it a few months ago and we were packing the place out. We’ll be touring all around Ireland now in about 20 venues until the 9th of December.”

The busy actress runs a drama school in Temple Bar called Visions Drama School and is also involved with a theatre company called The Corps Ensemble who have some “big things” in the pipeline in the new year.

She will also appear in an upcoming episode on RTE’s Bridget and Eamon where she plays a character “extremely different” from Janet in Love/Hate.

Eoin Colfer’s hilarious Holy Mary will be in Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on 25th October.


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