Our Lady
of Sligo

By Sebastian Barry
Directed by Kate Gaul

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 10 June – 11 July 2004

    Mai O’Hara is a passionate, brilliant, bitch of a woman. She lies dying in Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin in 1953 and is determined not to go gently into that good night. Surrounded by husband, daughter and the ghosts of an unsettled past, she tells her lyrical, fierce and eloquent tale.

    In this astonishing portrait of a life lost, Irish playwright Sebastian Barry (The Steward of Christendom) creates a family history of savage love which lays open the heart of human frailty. Rarely does a work of theatre thread so deftly between beauty and dread, seamlessly drawing into its weave the twentieth century Irish experience.

    Fortunately for us Kris McQuade, one of our great actresses and loved for her embodiment of Dolly Pickles in the Cloudstreet years, decided that she was at last ready to take on Mai O’Hara.


    By Sebastian Barry
    Directed by Kate Gaul
    Set and Costume Design Gabrielle Tylesova
    Lighting Design Nigel Levings
    Composer Alan John
    Sound Design Greg White
    Dialect Coach Carmen Lysiak


    Isabella de Fina
    Clair Jones
    Russell Kiefel
    Kris McQuade
    Genevieve O’Reilly
    Timara Pollicina
    Carol Skinner
    George Whaley

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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