A Season of French-Canadian Drama – Spring 2016
Thursday 24th March – Saturday 30th April
FOREVER YOURS, MARY-LOU
(A toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou)
The Ustinov Studio’s Season of French-Canadian Drama continues next week with the UK premiere ofForever Yours, Mary-Lou, a compelling dark comedy by award-winning Quebecois writer, Michel Tremblay.
Ten years after their family is torn apart, two estranged sisters meet. Carmen now sings Country and Western in a cheap night-club; Mandy is devout, reclusive and haunted by the past. As they struggle to reconcile their versions of what happened, we listen in on their parents, Mary-Louise and Liam, as breakfast goes downhill and arguments intensify on the morning of the tragedy.
This brilliantly witty, imaginative and perceptive exploration of a chronically dysfunctional family is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of Canadian drama. Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio, Laurence Boswell, directs Michael West’s new translation, especially commissioned for this Ustinov production, in which the setting is transposed to Ireland.
Under Laurence Boswell’s direction, the Ustinov Studio has become one the UK’s most acclaimed small venues. A number of works which received their premieres in the Ustinov have gone on to seasons in the West End (Bad Jews, The Mother and The Father) and The Fatherhas recently received three Olivier Award nominations including for Best New Play.
The cast includes Paul Loughran, who starred as Emmerdale’s lovable rogue Butch Dingle for six years, and whose other television credits include Jericho and Blue Murder.
Amy McAllister played Mary in the hit BBC drama Call the Midwife and appeared in the Stephen Frears film Philomena. She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for The Shadow of a Gunman at the Abbey Theatre.
Caoilfhionn Dunne was nominated for Outstanding Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards for The Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013, and her other theatre credits include Our Country’s Good and The Veil for the National Theatre and Fathers and Sonsat the Donmar Warehouse.
Catriona Ni Mhurchu most recently appeared in Lippy for Dead Centre Theatre Company, the winner of a Herald Angel and OBIE (Off-Broadway) award. She has also appeared in regularly in productions for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, and on television in Ballykissangel andThe Clinic.
Michel Tremblay has been a dominant figure in Quebec’s theatre scene since the end of the 1960s, and his works have been translated and performed in more than 20 countries, making him one of Canada’s most prolific writers. He has received countless honours and accolades including the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts.
FOREVER YOURS, MARY-LOU is at the Ustinov Studio on from Thursday 24th March – Saturday 30th April. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov