I think I owe Marie Jones a debt. In my early years I wasn’t a massive fan of the theatre, I’d seen a few dodgy versions of Brian Friel plays and a couple of Shakespeares, mostly related to what I was doing in school. I saw the theatre as a bit of a chore, something you should do rather than something you wanted to. Around about the year 2,000, I saw a version of ‘Stones in his pockets’ that altered things. It was funny and sad and well written, but what really amazed me was how inventive it was. How it used the restrictions of the stage to its advantage, it was a game changer for me!
Her new play ‘Fly me to the moon’ is touring Dublin at the moment, and opens in the Civic Theatre on Monday, It also marks her directorial debut, so worth checking out.
Stones in his pockets – Sept 27th – 28th – Civic Theatre
Fly me to the moon – Oct 1st – 5th – Civic Theatre
Fly Me to the Moon is the timely tale of two women struggling in today’s tough economic climate and just how far they will go to make ends meet.
Frances is a hard-nosed cynic with a dry wit and a keen eye for ever scam like her wayward son Jason, while Loretta is a soft-hearted soul who is a complete innocent abroad. Together they care for Davy – a lonely old man whose greatest loves are Frank Sinatra and the races. When Davy dies on the day his horse finally comes in, his two carers are faced with a moral dilemma which threatens to tear their lives – and their friendship – apart.