All for the Love of Mammy Fri 30th Mar 2018
Margaret Mc Kenna Mullan is back with her brand new play ” ALL FOR THE LOVE OF MAMMY”
All for the love of mammy is a humorous and touching play about the relationship between mother and daughter as roles are almost reversed due the daughter becoming carer and protector of her ageing mother. The play depicts the humour and sadness between the pair as Alzheimer’s and dementia overcome their lives.
Accomplished director Jackie Madden takes this play skilfully from the page to the stage With stellar performances by award winning actress Ann Hoey as the concerned daughter Angela. Mammy is played by playwright Margaret Mc Kenna Mullan. Jimmy is Played by Dermot Mc Elwaine . Father Mc Grath played by Eamon O Roarke.
Judith by Mags Mulligan. Christine by Caroline O Connor. Stall owner by Seamus Mc Kenna. Guard Declan Finn. Dancer by Anna Marie Mullan.
Read Review from Westmeath Independent 14 Oct 2017:
All For the Love of Mammy – Theatre Review By David Flynn
A play, which was written about the final years of the life of the mother of writer, Margaret McKenna-Mullan had its latest staging in Tuar Ard, Moate last weekend.
The play, ‘All For the Love of Mammy’ shows the love and heartache between a daughter and mother after the latter is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The play had an added dimension because Margaret played the part of the mother in the story, and the daughter was played by the versatile and talented, Anne Hoey. Margaret’s mother was the late Catherine McKenna, and the family lived in Assumption Road, Athlone.
Through the terrible trauma of the Alzheimer’s story in ‘All For the Love of Mammy’, there is great humour in the play and the audiences laughed at the unexpected vocal deliverances from the mother, with many an expletive included. The talented sarcasm of the mother as she dealt with her daily battles with her daughter, and her doctor, and others she met along the way were brought out well through Margaret’s script.
There were several scenes in the play which were brilliantly designed by members of the ‘No Fixed Abode’ theatre troupe that is overseen by Margaret. The troupe have staged all of Margaret’s plays since the early 2000s.
The set of ‘All For the Love of Mammy’ was that of a typical living room/kitchen and a side stage area, doubled at different times as a Lourdes pilgrimage site, or a Street Market. The lighting of the stage was done very well, and particular poignant scenes were lit very appropriately.
Accompanying Margaret and Ann on stage were talented actors who helped bring humour and sadness to the production, which was brilliantly directed by Jackie Madden. The dreaded Alzheimers is a sad fact of life, and everybody has been touched in some way with its effects, and Margaret’s portrayal of it doesn’t show it a pretty light, but the story of ‘All For the Love of Mammy’ is compelling viewing.
Speaking after the standing ovation she got from the packed crowd at Tuar Ard, Margaret said that she had to write down her feelings about her mother, and the dreaded disease of Alzheimers.
“It was like therapy to me, but there was a bit of fiction in it well, but a lot of what was in the play did actually happen,” said Margaret to the Westmeath Independent.
Margaret and Ann sang and danced in the play just like Margaret and her mother, Catherine did in former days, while the family lived in Assumption Road.
“I felt wonderful doing the play in Tuar Ard, and somehow I felt like my mother was with me while it was going on,” she said. “I have great people working for ‘No Fixed Abode’, and they all did a wonderful job, and I’d like to thank them all.”