Calipo Theatre Company presents
10 DATES WITH MAD MARY
A Romantic Comedy (sort of)
By Yasmine Akram
Featuring Caoilfhionn Dunne
Directed by Darren Thornton
Set Design: Kieran McNulty
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shields
Costume Design: Suzanne Keogh
Sound Design: Jack Cawley
After its highly successful run in Edinburgh, 10 Dates with Mad Mary is back on the road. Touring to 8 venues across the country, beginning in Draiocht on Monday 27 September @ 8.15pm (our only Dublin performance) and finishing in Glor, Ennis on Friday 15 October.
Mary McArdle is the toughest fighter in town, a title that earned her the moniker ‘Mad Mary’ when she was 15. Now she’s 25, and just out of prison.
Back home, everything has changed: all the old gang have grown up, and the only thing Mary has to look forward to is being bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding. But even this comes at a price – she has to find a date for the big day, and finding a date in a town where everyone knows your name is not going to be easy.
What the press said:
Ten Dates will have you laughing one minute and crying the next… Dunne’s performance is remarkable… Perhaps the most compelling solo performance at this year’s festival (Edinburgh Fringe 2010) Three Weeks
A simple character study, brillianty done…. Mary is endlessly watchable: at once vulnerable and frightening, foul mouthed, and at times extremely funny The List
Wonderfully cast…. grim but witty, with a keen psychological insight…. Dunne skillfully draws you into Mary’s frustrated perspective. The Scotsman
Caoilfhionn Dunne is utterly convincing: there is not one false note in the play or production. British Theatre Review.
Booking / Listings Information
10 DATES WITH MAD MARY
Calipo Theatre Company, Drogheda, presents 10 Dates With Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram. The romantic comedy features Caoilfhionn Dunne as ‘Mad Mary’ in her search for a ‘nice boy’ among the geeks, freaks and misfits of small town Ireland, learning the hard way that sometimes being a lover is tougher than being a fighter. Finding a date for your best friend’s wedding in a town where everyone knows your name is never going to be easy.
Monday 27 September 8.15pm and Tues 28 September @ 12pm, Draiocht, Blanchardstown.
Booking: 01 8852622 www.draiocht.ie
Thursday 30 September 8pm, Riverbank , Newbridge
Booking: 045 448327 www.riverbank.ie
Saturday 2 Ocotober 8pm An Grianan, Letterkenny
Booking: 074 9120777 www.angrianan.com
Tuesday 5 October 8pm, Theatre Royal, Waterford
Booking: 051 874402 www.theatreroyal.ie
Thursday 7 October 1.30pm & 8pm, Solstice, Navan
Booking: 046 9092300 www.solsticeartscentre.ie
Friday 8 October 8pm, Mermaid, Bray
Booking: 01 2724030 www.mermaidartscentre.ie
Tues 12 and Weds 13 October, Granary, Cork
Booking: 021 4904275 www.granary.ie
Friday 15 October 2pm & 8pm, Glor, Ennis.
Booking: 065 6843103 www.glor.ie
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Calipo is a Drogheda (Ireland) based arts organisation that operates on three levels: as a theatre company, an outreach facilitator, and as a film & television production company.Calipo Theatre Company is one of Irelands most exciting and innovative producers of theatre. Recent successes include 10 Dates with Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram (Droichead Arts Centre 2009/Project 2010); All Over Town by Phillip McMahon (Project 2009) and Wunderkind by Darren Thornton (Project Dublin 06/Edinburgh Festival 07). Calipo outreach runs various youth film and drama projects around the country annually, including the award-winning Sharp focus youth film project. Calipo pictures have various film and TV projects in development, the most recent production – the short film Frankie – received awards and accolades from all over the world, including the PRIX/UIP award at the Berlin film festival and the European Film Academy Award for best short film in 2008.
Drogheda born Yasmine studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). As an actor she has appeared in many of Calipo’s earlier productions, including Xaviers, Love is the Drug and Makin’ Hits. She has written DryWrite, London Bytes and the New Comedy Showcase. 10 Dates with Mad Mary is Yasmine’ s first play. Yasmine is currently are working on her first radio series: Ford and Akram do… which will be directed by Alistair McGowan and she is currently developing a sitcom with the BBC, based on her life and in which she will play the main role.
Caoilfhionn trained at the Gaiety School of Acting. Recent parts include: Monica in Christ Deliver Us and Lena in The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant at the Abbey Theatre; Sarah Tansey in Playboy of the Western World for Druid Theatre Company’s American Tour; Maudie in The Sanctuary Lamp for b*spoke Theatre Company; Lady MacDuff in Macbeth for Siren Productions and Helicon in Caligula for Rough Magic Theatre Company. Film/TV credits include; Jesse in Hugh O’Connor’s Corduroy and Charlotte in Little White Lies.
Darren Thornton founded Calipo Theatre and Picture Company in 1994 and has been Artistic Director since then. He co-wrote and directed the award winning TV series, Love is the Drug for RTE. His short film Frankie has won many prestigious awards at international festivals, including the Prix UIP at the Berlin Film Festival, and the European Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2008. For Calipo Theatre Company Darren has written and directed many of the company’s theatre productions including – Xaviers, Makin Hits, Love is the Drug, and Wunderkind.
This tour is funded through the Arts Council Touring Grant Scheme and Create Louth.
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