Love/Hate star to appear in Eoin Colfer play at Naas' Moat Theatre

Holy Mary on stage next week

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Love/Hate star to appear in Eoin Colfer play at Naas' Moat Theatre

Actors Mary Murray and Jacinta Sheerin will appear on Moat Theatre stage next week

Actors Mary Murray and Jacinta Sheerin are to appear together in a play by world famous novelist, Eoin Colfer, in the Moat Theatre, Naas, on Friday, November 16.

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

Since appearing as brothel madam Janet in the hugely successful RTÉ series Love/Hate, Mary Murray has appeared in Sky/Showtime collaboration Penny Dreadful, the horror drama filmed in Dublin. High in demand on both stage and screen, Murray has also appeared in films Adam and Paul, Death of a Superhero and The Magdalene Sisters.

Jacinta Sheerin has had roles in Fair City, Red Rock and co-wrote the box office smash hit Waiting for IKEA along with writing partner Georgina McKevitt. They have since written I’m Not ADHD, I’m Bold which won the Bewley’s Little Gem Award in the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2012.  Sheerin’s new, one woman show Sweet About Me tours in 2019.

Directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, 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 and Majella have been mortal enemies since baby infants, and things have gotten even worse since Mary’s father moved in with Majella’s mother. Both girls are searching for a way to insult the other, and Majella thinks she has found a weak spot when she realises that Mary’s Communion dress is actually a second hand dress that she herself donated to the Vincent dePaul.

In typical Colfer fashion the characters are very real and very funny. Eoin Colfer, previously the 2014 Children’s Laureate, has written over 40 books. His most famous creation Artemis Fowl is getting the silver screen treatment; directed by Kenneth Branagh, it stars Dame Judi Dench and is currently in post production with Disney Studios for a 2019 release.

Holy Mary is currently on a nationwide tour with one date in Naas — Friday, November 16 at 8pm in The Moat Theatre.
Tickets are €16/€18 from or call 045 88 30 30.