A trip through the decades with The Six Marys

The Six Marys, written and performed by Athlone native Jean Farrell, is a comical yet poignant look at life, from childhood in the 1950s, to the present day.

With proceeds in aid of Gaelscoil de hIde Roscommon, this play will be performed at Roscommon Arts Centre for two nights only on Thursday and Friday June 6 and 7 at 8pm. Tickets are just €10 and can be purchased through Roscommon Arts Centre’s box office on (090 ) 6625824 or online at www.roscommonartscentre.ie

The Six Marys draws very much on the influence of religion as taught by the nuns - preparing young Irish Catholic schoolgirls to imitate the virtues of the Virgin Mary. They were to be meek, humble, and pure. How well did this help them cope with the huge social changes of the following decades? Were the fanciful dreams of youth fulfilled? This journey of self-discovery is interspersed with well-known hit pop songs from the various eras sung by a capella group Luan Tunes.

The six Marys are fun-loving girlfriends, who grow into practical, everyday housewives. The light-hearted atmosphere helps the audience concentrate on their journeys through the decades, delivering all kinds of sharp and comical observations. Jean has plenty to say about the teenage pursuit of Mr Wonderful, followed by the reality of married life, teenage children, and growing waistlines. And, when our children grow up eventually and leave home, what lies ahead then - a big void, or peace at last?

Booking and more information are available from Roscommon Arts Centre at (090 ) 6625824.

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