Lovesong, a beautiful play written By Abi Morgan, an Emmy and BAFTA award-winning writer of theatre, film and television. Credits include The Hour, Suffragette and The Iron Lady comes to the Civic soon. We had a chat with Mary who plays the older female character in a play that a story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives – as young lovers in their late 20s and as worldly companions looking back on their relationship.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and where you grew up?
My name is Mary Flavin Colbert, I was born into a family and an area where drama was centre stage. My parents and grandparents had huge community ties and were involved in local productions in the village of Inch in East Cork.
What is your background in performing?
My first stage appearance was in a St. Patrick’s night concert when I was 4 years old and so it began. Many community Pantomimes followed through my teen years, graduating to a production of John B Keane’s “Sive” in the early ‘70’s, the Amateur Drama Circuit beckoned, and our group had quiet a bit of success over those years. In the intervening time I guested with many groups, including Palace Players, Ballyduff Drama Group, Youghal Little Theatre, but have a huge loyalty to my home group in Inch, where we have made laughter for more than 50 years. As my children came along the parts had to get smaller, less rehearsal time, but there were always parts, and I could always rely on the wonderful support of my husband and extended family.
What’s has been your career highlight to date?
In 2015 Palace Players production of Tom Murphy’s ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ came to life and reached unforgettable heights, we as a group won the coveted RTE All Ireland Drama Festival and my portrayal of ‘Missus’ secured Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Tell us about the role you have in the play ‘Lovesong’
In ‘Lovesong’, I play the part of the older Maggie, she and Bill have been together through thick and thin for 40 years, there is an ordinariness, a gentleness, and ultimately a loving strength, in her character.
What can Tallaght audiences expect from the show?
A beautifully captivating piece of theatre with, music and movement, laughter and love.
Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
My garden is my sanctuary – weeds, flowers, bees, butterflies and all of nature that comes to visit there..
29 & 30 Aug
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