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Mary O'Malley

MARY O'MALLEY  (1941 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Sarah McNair


Mary Josephine O'Malley (there are other Mary O'Malleys in the theatre, in Ireland) was born in 19 March 1941 in Bushey, Herts of an Irish father and English-Lithuanian mother. She grew up in Harrow, Middlesex with 2 younger brothers, one of whom became a professional musician. From the age of 3, Mary took tap and ballet classes and from 8 she had piano lessons. She played at music festivals, appeared in shows with other children and adult semi-professional music hall artistes. She wrote, directed, choreographed and costumed shows in which she appeared with other children in the back garden for paying audiences. Mary was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Harlesden. She played truant frequently to go and see Hollywood musicals or read unsuitable books (eg, Emile Zola) in the public library. At 16 she left school and worked in dull offices, in a gin factory, was a nanny, and worked at the Evening Standard in the classified advertising department while studying drama and improvisation at the City Lit. As well as this, she joined an improvisation group at St John's Wood run by drama teacher Dorothea Alexander, with whom she also studied privately and for several years she appeared in improvised plays. With Dorothea and another student, she took part in several lectures and demonstrations of improvisation techniques. In 1965 Mary married. She had 2 sons. She channeled her creative urges into baking and made wedding cakes and won a prize for baking bread. She also studied opera and singing. In 1971 she divorced and returned to drama classes. She sang in a wine bar and wrote some plays for fringe theatre, eg: SUPERSCUM in 1971 for the Soho Poly Theatre, A BENEVOLENT SOCIETY in 1972 as a lunchtime production at a theatre on Tottenham Court Road and a Sunday evening at the Theatre Upstairs; in 1973 she wrote IF EVER A MAN SUFFERED for the Soho Poly and Hampstead Theatres  and in which she also appeared. Mary read plays for the Royal Court and attended a workshop for playwrights run by Howard Brenton. In 1976 she wrote ONCE A CATHOLIC which was produced by the Royal Court and transferred to Wyndham's and has since enjoyed both national and international fame. Following this, Mary was resident writer at the Royal Court for one year. She won several other awards for ONCE A CATHOLIC including the Evening Standard and Plays & Players Most Promising Playwright Awards; the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and, several years later, the Hollywood Critics' Award for a small scale production  although on Broadway the play flopped. In 1978 she wrote LOOK OUT HERE COMES TROUBLE for the RSC at the Warehouse. One member of the cast, Maxine Audley, won a Critics' Circle Award for her performance as Olive, a mental patient and clairvoyant. During the seventies Mary wrote the following television plays: SAVE IT FOR THE MINISTER (co-written with Caryl Churchill and Cherry Potter); PERCY AND KENNETH; SHALL I SEE YOU NOW; OY VAY MARIA (which won a Pye Television Award. The last play was also presented as a stage version at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John's Wood, and was also produced at the Oldham Coliseum in 1998 under the direction of Will Clarke. ONCE A CATHOLIC was adapted (by Mary) for radio and TV. It has not yet been screened.

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Look Out . . .Here Comes Trouble         My Silver Bird: our flags will bloom like flowers         Nevolent Society, A         Oh If Ever A Man Suffered         Once A Catholic         Oy Vay Maria         Superscum         Talk Of The Devil



Look Out . . .Here Comes Trouble

Synopsis:
about the patients in a NHS mental hospital

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Warehouse, Covent Garden, London    07 Nov 1978

Company:
RSC

1st Published:
Amber Lane Press, Ambergate, Derbyshire, 1979   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
RSC ref LOO197811

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My Silver Bird: our flags will bloom like flowers

Synopsis:
Some of the adventures in the colourful life of the historical figure Grace O'Malley or Granuaile: her politically expedient marriage; her courtship of Queen Elizabeth I's deputy; her imprisonment in Dublin Castle for treason, murder and piracy; and her meeting with the English queen.

Notes:
devised by Mary O'Malley; play And lyrics by Patrick Galvin

1st Produced:

Company:
Lyric Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical Theatre an entertainment

Parts:
Male:  24            Female:  7            Other:  doubling possible

Further Reference:
http://www.irishplayography.com/play.aspx?playid=392

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Nevolent Society, A

Synopsis:
about three Jewish brothers

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Open Space, London    1974

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Black Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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-

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Oh If Ever A Man Suffered

Synopsis:
about Guinness, Catholicism and Incest

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1975

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

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-

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Once A Catholic

Mary O'Malley
Period 1956-57, resilience of children to survive their school days in a London convent - in spit of, not because of, their upbringing and indoctrination

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Amber Lane Press, Ambergate, Derbyshire, 1978   978-0906399019

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  10            Other:  -

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Oy Vay Maria

Synopsis:
about liaison between a Catholic Girl and a Jewish boy

Notes:
broadcast BBC

1st Produced:
Oldham Coliseum    1996

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Superscum

Synopsis:
about a bloke living in style off SS and charities

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1972

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Talk Of The Devil

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

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-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
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