Ac­tors go back in time for Catholic school com­edy

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

MADS The­atre’s next pro­duc­tion is the com­edy Once a Catholic by Mary O’Mal­ley.

Set in the late 1950s and early 60s in Liver­pool, the play is about daily life in a con­vent school where all of the girls are called Mary, ex­cept one - Maria - who are presided over by a set of sadis­tic nuns and a fire-breath­ing fa­ther.

It runs from Mon­day ot Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5 - 10, at the Lit­tle The­atre on Lord St, and boasts plenty of new faces.

Lu­cia Wilde makes her MADS de­but as Mother Peter. She is joined by Emma Hul­ley, Les­ley Owens, Alex Hine, Nick Ash, Richard Ch­ester and Steve Don­nelly, who’s mak­ing a wel­come re­turn af­ter a break.

The Marys are played by Caitlin John­son - whose mum Fran was ex­pect­ing Caitlin when she played Mother Peter last time MADS per­formed the play - Ella Muscroft, Sammy Wells, Joe Hat­ton and Leila Jack­lin.

The play con­tains adult themes and some strong lan­guage.

Gail Hard­man, di­rec­tor, said: “Di­rect­ing this play has been re­ju­ve­nat­ing for me, trans­port­ing me back to my own school days in the last cen­tury - longjohn knick­ers (to pre­vent chapped thighs), tapi­oca pud­ding, boyfriends and gen­eral ado­les­cent angst.

“Work­ing with to­day’s teenagers has been great fun, ex­plain­ing to them what life was like for their grand­moth­ers - no mo­bile phones, no com­put­ers, one chan­nel on TV and tripe and onions for tea if you were lucky. How ever did we sur­vive?”

Tick­ets are priced at £8 & £10 and tick­ets are on sale now from www. tick­et­source.co.uk/ mad­sthe­atre or on 01625 611974.

MADS the­atre’s Once a Catholic will run from De­cem­ber 5 - 10

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