She’s no Vera Drake.
For a start, Vera Drake was made up.
Idir Mná Theatre Company are undertaking the development of an ambitious new play Our Lady of Last Resort: The Story of Mamie Cadden; a disgraced Irish midwife turned backstreet abortionist, and one of the last women sentenced to death in Ireland at a time when a new republic was still establishing itself on the world stage.
Born Mary Anne Cadden to Irish parents in 1891 in Pennsylvania, USA; what could have been a life of opportunity ended in ruin back in Ireland; three times convicted, and declared criminally insane, Mamie Cadden died at Dundrum Central Mental Hospital in 1959. Against the changing landscape of the 30s, 40s and 50s, Our Lady of Last Resort unpacks some of the decisions that led to the spectacular downfall of a singular woman.

We are inviting our patrons and interested parties to apply for FREE tickets to this work in progress performance.

*Closing date for applications Tuesday 20th March

Show Date: Thursday 22nd March
Time: 3pm

Duration 70 minutes and a Q+A with the production team and cast members will follow. Your feedback will help shape the theatre of tomorrow.

Cast: Derbhle Crotty, Clare Monnelly, Hannah Carnegie, Roseanna Purcell, Jed Murray, Christiane O’Mahoney, Daithi Mac Suibhne.

Production Team:
Director – Davey Kelleher
Design- Lisa Krugel
Sound & Composition-Dylan Tonge Jones



This is an exciting new piece of theatre in development funded by The arts Council Project Development Award 2018.