Read about some of my thoughts on issues raised by Marina Carr’s play The Mai, which I’m appearing in next week at Upstage Theatre, Monkgate, York. The play features a cast of 7 women and 1 man and is directed by Jan Kirk for York Settlement Community Players, a highly professional theatre group.
As part of the celebrations, for York International Women’s Festival, theatre group York Settlement Community Players are staging “The Mai” penned by Irish feminist writer Marina Carr. The story features four generations of women and is set in 1979 Connemara, Ireland.
Mai is nicknamed “the Mai” by all her family, after an old Irish legend of a wild and terrible mother. The nickname is apparently both mocking and affectionate. She, for the past five years, has in fact brought up her four children alone, while her husband, Robert has gone”stravanging around the world.”
Elizabeth Sharrock (Millie) and Beryl Nairn (the Mai) photo by John Saunders
In “The Mai” there are not one but seven “proud, mad women.” As well as the Mai herself, (Beryl Nairn) there’s her 16 year old daughter Millie (Elizabeth Sharrock ) who narrates the back story as her 30 year old self. Then there are Mai’s two sisters: Connie (myself)…
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