Wild Production’s ‘Mrs Shakespeare’ will visit Rossmore Theatre on Friday February 6 ahead of Stratford Upon Avon in late February. The hour-long one woman comedy, written by award-winning Playwright Ian Wild, who lives in Enniskeane, and starring professional actress Irene Kelleher, showed off Broadway this October at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.
The play has been described as “A gem of creativity and narrative structure… It never drops in intensity. That rare quality of being very powerful and light at the same time, it captures you immediately and compels you to laugh.”
William Shakespeare, reincarnated as a woman, finds herself in a mental asylum and comes to the conclusion that she has made a complete mess of writing ‘Hamlet’ 400 years earlier.
Armed with a quill and beset by a rebellious cast of characters who are anxious not to be rewritten, she embarks on an epic reformulation of theatre’s most famous text under the new title of ‘Opheila’.
Unfortunately, William’s therapist is unsympathetic. Is that because he is also a reincarnated Christopher Marlowe, consumed with envy that has been festering away since 1597?
Ian Wild is a writer and composer. His play ‘The Truth of Masks’ won the prestigious North West Playwrights Award and was directed by Greg Hirtzov of the Royal Exchange. His most recent published work is a novel: ‘The Naked Umbrella Thieves’. His broadcast works for RTE Radio include a comedy trilogy: ‘Way out West’, and 20 other stort stories for Fiction Fifteen. He has a collection of short stories ‘The Woman who Swallowed the Book of Kells’ published by Fish and a volume of poetry entitled ‘Intercourse With Cacti’, (Bradshaw Books.) His highly successful musical comedies ‘The Pirates in Short Pants’, ‘Marco Polo’s Toilet Brush’, ‘Reds Under Beds’ and ‘Spaghetti Western’ appeared in Cork Midsummer Festivals from 1999.
Irene Kelleher trained with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and completed Drama and Theatre Studies UCC where she received a first class honours degree and Masters, specialising in Advance Performance Practice. She has just completed a successful run with ‘The Turn of the Screw’ in Smock Alley Theatre, November 2014. She was awarded The Mace Actor of the Year Award in 2011 for her portrayal of Runt in ‘Disco Pigs’ and has won many acting awards at her time spent with Kilmeen Drama Group. (Pegeen-Playboy of the Western World and Betty-A Whistle in the Dark). Irene’s performance as Maria in ‘Stars in the Morning Sky’ in the Belgrade Theatre, directed by Hamish Glen, was her UK debut in 2012. More recently she played a lead role in ‘Desolate Heaven’ at the Everyman Theatre, acting alongside well-known Irish actress, Mary McEvoy.