For the first time in Cork City….Fresh from off Broadway (Cherry Lane Theatre) & Stratford Upon Avon (The Bear Pit Theatre)
Wild Productions Present…
Written & Directed by Ian Wild
Starring: Irene Kelleher
William Shakespeare finds himself reincarnated in the present day as a woman, which makes it all the more difficult to convince people she/he is the Great Bard. The Globe and the RSC refuse point blank to stage her modern history plays such as Hitler the First and Charles the Third (Not). Frustrated by this lack of recognition, Mrs Shakespeare winds up in a mental asylum, and comes to the conclusion she has made a complete mess of writing ‘Hamlet’ four hundred years earlier. Armed with a quill and beset by a rebellious cast of characters who are anxious not to be rewritten, she embarks on an epic reformulation of theatre’s most famous text under the new title of ‘Ophelia’. But her psychiatrist and the original dramatis personae of the play, are so against the idea, they contrive between them, to send her mad.
IAN WILD is a writer and composer. His play ‘The Truth of Masks’ won the prestigious North West Playwrights Award and was directed by Greg Hirtzov of the Royal Exchange. His most recent published work is a novel: ‘The Naked Umbrella Thieves’.
His broadcast works for RTE Radio include a comedy trilogy: ‘Way out West’, and 20 other stort stories for Fiction Fifteen. He has a collection of short stories ‘The Woman who Swallowed the Book of Kells’ published by Fish and a volume of poetry entitled ‘Intercourse With Cacti’, (Bradshaw Books.) His highly successful musical comedies ‘The Pirates in Short Pants’, ‘Marco Polo’s Toilet Brush’, ‘Reds Under Beds’ and ‘Spaghetti Western’ appeared in Cork Midsummer Festivals from 1999.
IRENE KELLEHER studied Drama & Theatre Studies UCC where she received a first class honours degree and Masters, specialising in Advance Performance Practice. She then went on to further training with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has just completed a successful run with ‘The Turn of the Screw’ in Smock Alley Theatre, November 2014. She was awarded The Mace Actor of the Year Award in 2011 for her portrayal of Runt in ‘Disco Pigs’ and won many acting awards at her time spent with Kilmeen Drama Group. (Pegeen- Playboy of the Western World and Betty-A Whistle in the Dark). Irene’s performance as Maria in ‘Stars in the Morning Sky’ in the Belgrade Theatre, directed by Hamish Glen, was her UK debut in 2012. More recently she played a lead role in ‘Desolate Heaven’ at the Everyman Theatre directed by Tony McCleane Fay. She is currently touring with Ian Wild’s one woman show ‘Mrs Shakespeare’ which performed off Broadway this October at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC and Stratford Upon Avon at The Bear Pit Theatre in February.
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCULDE: Lovers, The Collector, Pied a Terre, Lipstick, The Maids, Hollander (Cork Midsummer Festival 2009), Our Day Out, A Woman Alone, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakers Restirred and The Glass Menagerie.
FILM & TV CREDITS INCLUDE: Game of Thrones (HBO) , Reign (CBS), Fair City (RTE) Outside the Box (Irene wrote and played the lead in this short that won ‘Best Irish Short Film’ Fastnet Film Festival, 2013) Hatch, Spellbound, The Trouble with Aoibhe, The Gingerbread Men and Dead Dogs
” Mrs. Shakespeare got our inaugural Drama Day at Skibbereen Arts Festival off to an excellent start. Irene Kelleher’s energy is amazing and she had the audience enthralled from the start with her mesmerizing delivery of Ian Wild’s hilarious and at times very moving script. We would highly recommend Mrs. Shakespeare to other festivals and venues and it would be suitable for any kind of venue in the world! ” – Brendan McCarthy. Skibbereen Arts Festival.
“A gem of creativity and narrative structure…never drops in intensity. That rare quality of being very powerful and light at the same time, it captures you immediately and compels you to laugh” – Mattia Leoni, Shakespeare Festival Director.
“This play WILL get you laughing… Irene Kelleher is outstanding as Mrs Shakespeare, superb in creating a wonderful night’s entertainment” – Grant March, Inside Cork.