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.


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


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