Mud
By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Annie Ryan


Winner Best Production, Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards 2003

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MUD is a concentrated blast of savage humour and unashamed beauty. Mae struggles to escape the baseness and poverty of her life as Lloyd and Henry fight for her love in a tug of war that keeps dragging her back down in the muck. Fornés' is a world of heartbreak - intense and lyrical.

María Irene Fornés is one of the icons the Off-off-Broadway movement. Born in Cuba, she moved to New York at the age of 15. While studying painting in Paris in the fifties, a production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot inspired her to take up writing, and since then has written over 40 plays, won numerous awards, including 9 Obies - and the nickname 'Mother Avant Garde'.

Starring Simone Kirby, Liam Carney and David Pearse

Set Design: Kris Stone
Lighting Design: Jane Cox
Costume Design: Marie Tierney
Sound Design: Vincent Doherty

Nominated for Best Director & Best Actress Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards 2003

“A fine production…Ryan directs with great clarity and assurance, eking out the wry humour of the piece. A John B. Keane play written by Samuel Beckett” Irish Times

“Kirby is magnificent” * * * * The Guardian

“Powerful work.” * * * * * Irish Independent

Photos by Paul McCarthy