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Once a Catholic
Once a Catholic

by Mary O'Malley
Directed by Ross Holland

13th to 20th October 2018

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Director: Ross Holland

(Home: 01277 652004; Mobile: 07710 609086; Email: rosswholland@btinternet.com)

Audition: Sunday 15th July 3.00pm - 3.55pm

The Play

"Sharp and evocative...refreshing play that will be a source of much merriment among the devout and lapsed." - Plays and Players

There are three Marys - not so unremarkable in a convent school. Mary McGinty has an illicit boyfriend, Derek, a mod with a speech impediment. Mary Gallagher has a plummy choirboy Cuthbert who fancies being a priest and crossing his fingers when it comes to the celibacy. Mary Mooney has singing lessons with creepy Mr Emanuelli. The girls aren’t just inexperienced, they’re a blank slate, and even instructive lessons on the reproductive systems of the rabbit have to be interrupted for prayers. Any questions they have are interpreted as insolence. Tampax boxes are confiscated like cigarettes. When the girls turn to other areas for information, they find there’s little help to be found crammed three abreast in a toilet cubicle reading questionable passages of Leviticus. And when they’re caught, naturally the first question is ‘Is it a Catholic Bible?’

Once a Catholic was first performed at The Royal Court Theatre in 1977. It won awards from the Evening Standard newspaper and Plays & Players magazine. Mary O'Malley went on to be the Royal Court's resident dramatist for 1977. The production transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End where it ran for over two years.

The Characters

Mother Thomas Aquinas: Irish Nun. Headmistress of the Convent of Our Lady of Fatima
Mother Peter: Middle aged Irish Nun. Teacher.
Mother Basil: Elderly Irish Nun. Teacher
Mary Mooney: 5th former, plain and scruffy. Good Soprano voice.
Mary McGinty: Well developed pretty 5th former.
Mary Gallagher: Sensible, attractive 5th former.
Father Mullarkey: Irish Priest.
Mr Emanuelli: Old Music Master, foreign.
Derek: Tall thin Teddy boy, late teens.
Cuthbert: 6th Former
Mary O’Grady: 5th Former
Mary Hennessy: 5th Former
Mary Murphy: 5th Former
Mary Flanagan: 5th Former

Audition pieces

Scene    From                                              To                                       Characters
1.3          Mary McGinty, will you stop         Good Girl                          Basil, McGinty, Gallagher
1.7          Start                                                End                                    Thomas, Mooney
1.9          Start                                                away from Holy Mass     Mullarkey, Peter, Hennessy,
                                                                                                                    Flanagan, Mooney, Murphy
1.16        Start                                                Creeping into school?   Peter
2.1          Start                                                End                                     Derek, Mooney
2.7          You could always come round  End                                     Cuthbert, Gallagher
2.6          It’s quite obvious                          take the piss                    Derek, McGinty
2.8          A Wandering Minstrel I                I’ll pray for your leg         Emanuelli, Mooney

Anyone wishing to audition for O’Grady, please read for Hennessy, Flanagan or Murphy.

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