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16 Mar THE MAI by MARINA CARR – THIS WEEK 16 – 19 MARCH!

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THE MAI by MARINA CARR – THIS WEEK  16 – 19 MARCH!
Here’s what people are saying about The Preview:
”What an amazing play – I’m so glad to have discovered it via YSCP!”
”Powerful ensemble playing delivered with truth and passion.”
”A cracking set of characters brought to life with dedication and talent.”
”Congrats @YSCP_Theatre #YSCP_TheMai on a very strong and slick dress rehearsal. Go see!”
”I’ve just seen @YSCP_Theatre #YSCP_TheMai You should too”
”Raw, honest and unflinching”
”Don’t let this one pass you by”
The Mai by Marina Carr
Produced by York Settlement Community Players
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills
Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets (£12 & £10 Concessions) available for all performances in advance from York Theatre Royal Box Office. Phone: 01904 623568 and online.
No booking fee if you pay in cash.
Also, tickets on the door at the venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB.
 
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14 Mar Grandma Fraochlán answers some questions about The Mai, by Marina Carr

Grandma Fraochlán - Elizabeth Elsworth

Elizabeth Elsworth, who plays Grandma Fraochlán in YSCP’s production of THE MAI by MARINA CARR, answers some questions about the play:

Q. Can you sum up the play in three words?

A. ”Funny, poignant, poetical.”

Q. Why should people come and see our production of The Mai?

A. “If you love a good story, well told by a grand set of characters this is a play for you!  It is truly ‘laugh out loud’ funny as well as moving and challenging. The characters  have emerged  from the page with a life that has taken us by surprise at times. There are powerful scenes and I have been admiring the performances evolving within the company.  The influence of family is a very strong theme within the play and the relationships have formed and melded into the language and reflect the art of the storyteller as well as the vision of our director, Jan.”

Q. Tell us a bit about your character. How are you similar to/different from them?

A. “Grandma Fraochlán is certainly an individual!  She has made her 100th birthday and still going! She has lived and survived much and not afraid to tell folk about her life or to put them right! She does not hold back.  There is much to admire in that as there is to question.  She has had to be resilient, but this has not come without emotional cost to her family.

 

As to her role in the play I’ve heard it said ‘it ‘Grandma’s fault’, the impact of her choices reverberating across four generations.  “It’s the way we were made!” says Grandma Fraochlán at one point . But who makes us? How do we all become who we are and what influences us in our life choices. Is that only those immediately around us or does it not include the society in which we live, their judgements and rules of acceptance that mould us over time? Is this a matter of individual blame?  Audiences, I hope will decide for themselves.

 

Although I admire her strengths, I hope that I am far away from her weaknesses.”

Q. What’s your favourite line from the play?

A. “the orchestration may be different but the tune is always the same”

 

Photo Credit: Michael J Oakes.

York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills

Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/the_mai.php#.VsGzbU_26Sp
Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.
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10 Mar Beth Sharrock plays Millie in The Mai by Marina Carr

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Beth Sharrock, who plays Millie in YSCP’s production of THE MAI by MARINA CARR, answers some questions about the play

Q. Can you sum up the play in three words?

A. “Beautiful, bitter, elegiac.”

Q. Why should people come and see our production of The Mai?

A. “Because, in short, The Mai doesn’t take any prisoners. The writing is muscular and poetic but the worries and the domesticity of the story feel painfully familiar. In among all this there is a number of unrestrainable characters and brilliant dark humour.”

Q. Tell us a bit about your character. How are you similar to/different from them?

A. “Millie is at times either younger or older than I am, as she treads between the present day and her own memories of her teenage years. I share and admire her love of stories and storytelling – she has a particular penchant for legends – but the older Millie is also deeply vulnerable and embittered in a way that is challenging and exciting to play.”

Q. What’s your favourite line from the play?

A. “Luckily, it’s one of mine; ‘I dream of water all the time’. There’s something haunted and confessional in there which I think paints Millie as a character, and the play itself, beautifully.”

 

Photo Credit: Michael J Oakes.

York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills

Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/the_mai.php#.VsGzbU_26Sp
Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.
Adult Content 16+

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06 Mar Aunts at The Mai’s Window

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Aunts at The Mai’s Window

 Aunt Agnes (Vivienne Clare) and Aunt Julie (Sophie Buckley), bastions of the Connemara click, pay a visit to The Mai’s house at Owl Lake.
”An ordinary house wouldn’t do them. No, The Mai’d have to do the bigshot thing.”

Photos by Michael J Oakes

THE MAI by MARINA CARR

York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills

Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016

Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/the_mai.php#.VsGzbU_26Sp

Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.
Adult Content 16+

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#YSCP_TheMai

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02 Mar VIVIENNE CLARE Q&A ABOUT THE MAI BY MARINA CARR

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Vivienne Clare, who plays Aunt Agnes in YSCP’s production of THE MAI by MARINA CARR, answers some questions about the play:

Q. Can you sum up the play in three words?

A. “Proud mad women.”

Q. Why should people come and see our production of The Mai?

A. “To see a Chekhovian story of several generations of one family, all yearning to have their dreams fulfilled. Dreams that were fuelled by the wild stories told over the years by the Grandma. The characters are tragic but very human, and so there is laughter as well as poignancy.”

Q. Tell us a bit about your character. How are you similar to/different from them?

A. “Agnes is a sensitive, rather simple soul. She has a natural sympathy and love for others but she is very much dominated by her sister, who is led by her sense of duty. I would never let that happen to me!”

Q. What’s your favourite line from the play?

A. “Grandma worries about her after-life:

‘I keep dramin’ I’m in hell an’ I’m tha on’y wan there apart from Satan himself ….. tha worst part a tha drame is Satan an’meself gets an like a house an fire. We’re there laughin’ an’ skitterin’ like two schoolgirls.’

I also love Robert’s line when he looks at The Mai and says,

‘and here you are healthy as a trout.’ ”

 

Photo Credit: Michael J Oakes.

York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills

Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/the_mai.php#.VsGzbU_26Sp
Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.
Adult Content 16+

@YSCP_Theatre

#YSCP_TheMai

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17 Feb Sophie Buckley, who plays Aunt Julie, answers some questions about THE MAI by MARINA CARR

Sophie Buckley, who plays Aunt Julie in YSCP’s production of THE MAI by MARINA CARR, answers some questions about the play:

Q. Can you sum up the play in three words?
A. ”It’s Grandma’s fault.”

Q. Why should people come and see our production of The Mai?
A. ”It’s the story of 5 generations of ‘proud mad women’ repeating the same mistakes with their lovers and their children, told through the lens of a few dreadful days in the life of the youngest. It’s got funny bits in it too.”

Q. Tell us a bit about your character.
A. ”I love this part! Aunt Julie is a 75 year old Irish widow. She is very straight-laced and doesn’t mince her words. Marina Carr has given her some cracking lines, but she has also given her a lot of depth and a tragic past.”

Q. How are you similar to/different from them?
A. ”I am not so old! I have had the odd shouting match with my mother.”

Q. What’s your favourite line from the play?
A. ”Too many favourites! Here are my top two”:

”It’s not fair they should teach us desperation so young or if they do they should never mention hope. Now, where’s my coat?”
“I love graveyards. So does Julie”

Photo Credit: Michael J Oakes

York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills

Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/the_mai.php#.VsGzbU_26Sp
Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.

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15 Feb The Mai by Marina Carr – Lakeside Photo Shoot

Thanks to York Lakeside Lodges for permission to take photos.
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York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills
Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568
Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.
Adult Content 16+
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05 Jan ‘The Mai’ by Marina Carr – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

The Mai Poster (Final)

York Settlement Community Players present:
The Mai by Marina Carr
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills
Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: £12 & £10 (Concessions: over 60s, unwaged and those in full time education)
Box Office: York Theatre Royal 01904 623568  https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/the_mai.php#.VovNQk_26Sp
Directions: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB. Entrance to the venue is at the end of an alley, between the Cavalier Hotel and the Trinity Methodist Church.
Adult Content 16+
‘Come home – come home.’

The Irish Midlands. 1979. When her wayward husband returns to County Offaly, after five years’ absence, The Mai gathers four generations of the women in her family to the house she has built for him at Owl Lake.

In this house of ‘proud mad women’, The Mai’s eldest daughter, Millie, reveals the harrowing narrative of her mother’s love for a man incapable of loyalty, as she weaves a family saga of women weighing up missed opportunities and second chances.

Marina Carr’s award winning play The Mai, has been described as:
beautiful, poetic, melancholy, cruel and humane…The play is about absences: of men, of love, of care. It is also about recurrences: of need, of loss, of hope…full of grief, courage, humour and pain. – The Sunday Times
Coinciding with St Patrick’s Day, and part of the York International Women’s Festival, this York premiere of The Mai is produced with kind permission from Marina Carr’s agents.
Acclaim for Marina Carr:
”One of Ireland’s leading and most daring playwrights.” – Patrick Maley, Stage Magazine
★★★★
”Beautiful, terrifying, eloquent.” Marina Carr’s Hecuba RSC 2015 – The Independent
Acclaim for YSCP:
”splendidly robust production.” The Cherry Orchard September 2015 – York Press
”ensemble company gives it both barrels.” Drums in the Night May 2015 – York Press
”works superbly…supreme performances.” Rohilla November 2014 – York Press
”theatre slickly staged.” The Stepmother March 2014 – Northern Echo
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