The Mai – Cast

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The Mai

Maeve is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College. Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Rough Magic), The Alternative (Fishamble), The Mai and The Thing About December (Decadent), Wringer (Bewley’s Cafe Theatre), On Raftery's Hill (Abbey Theatre), Holy Mary (Breda Cashe Productions), Bailegangaire (Liviní Dred/Nomad), Wuthering Heights, An Ideal Husband, Pride And Prejudice (Gate Theatre/Hong Kong International Arts Festival), Charlie And Me (Verdant Productions), Ulysses (Tron Theatre/Edinburgh Festival/Chinese Tour), The Yellow Wallpaper (Then This Theatre), Moment (Tall Tales and Bush Theatre), Basin (ANU/Winner best supporting actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), After Miss Julie (Purple Heart/nominee best actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010). Several productions with Second Age Theatre Company including Hamlet, Macbeth and Dancing At Lughnasa and various productions with Meridian, Galloglass, Rough Magic, Focus, Axis, C Company and Woodpecker Productions. Film and TV includes Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture and Corp Agus Anam, Rasai na Gaillimhe 2 and An Crisis for TG4. For radio, The Book on One (RTE).


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Rachel is a 2020 Irish Times Theatre Award nominee for Best Actress for her performance as Penelope in These Stupid Things by Hugh Travers (White Label in association with the Festival of Curiosity and Science Foundation Ireland). Other theatre credits include: The Alternative (Fishamble); A Christmas Carol, Assassins, The Great Gatsby, One for the Road, The Constant Wife (Gate Theatre); The Good Father, At the Ford (Rise Productions); The Sin Eaters (ANU Productions); The Remains of Maisie Duggan, By the Bog of Cats (Abbey Theatre); Brigit (Druid); Othello (Theatre Royal). Film/Television: Mammal (Fastnet Films); Kaleidoscope (The Lir Academy).Training: The Lir Academy (Bachelor in Acting 2014).



Clare Monnelly Beck

Clare trained as an actor in the Gaiety School of Acting. Her theatre credits include minefield (Clare Monnelly in association with Axis Ballymun), Nothing But A Toerag (Taking the Biscuit), Furniture (Druid),The Unmanageable Sisters (Abbey Theatre), her own one woman show Charlie's a Clepto (Axis Ballymun & on tour), Harder, Faster, More (Red Bear Theatre), Bailegangaire (Livin Dred & Nomad), The Big Wall (Hawk’s Well Theatre), Big Maggie (Druid), A Month in the Country (Gate Theatre), King Lear (Sackville Productions), Hitting the Mark (RamblinMan Theatre Company), Walking the Road (Cavan Theatre Festival), The Bachelor of Kilkish (Bottom Dog), Alone it Stands (Verdant Productions), Broadening (Glass Doll), Portals (Skylarkin Theatre) and Ride On! (Livin Dred Theatre Co.)

She was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire. Her one woman show Charlie’s a Clepto was nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best New Play and Best Actress, and also for the Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary.

Clare’s screen credits include Avatar Days (Piranha Bar), Christy (Venom Films), Where the Wild Things Go (Jumper Productions), Vanilla (Parallel Pictures), Rosie (Element Pictures), Nowhere Fast (RTE & Deadpan), Rip To The Rescue (Deadpan), Alison Spittle in Ireland (Sky, Baby Cow), Smitten (RTE), Identicals (Finite Films), Scup (TG4) and three series of International Emmy Award winning Moone Boy (Sky, Baby Cow).



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Lesley Conroy is a graduate of Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and completed a one-year physical training residency with Loose Canon Theatre Company. Theatre credits include: Turaiocht Fibin (Mikel Murfi), Snake Eaters (The New Theatre), Eden (Decadent), King Lear (Second Age), Top Girls (Gallowglass), The Duchess of Malfi and The Spanish Tragedy (Loose Canon), Animal Farm and A Clockwork Orange (Corcadorca). She has also appeared in many Irish language productions with Aisling Ghear. Work for the Abbey Theatre includes: En Suite, Something's in the Way, Cuirt an Mhean Oiche and Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire. TV roles include - For RTE: Aoife O'Neill in Fair City, Detective Sharon Kelly in Mattie, Striking Out, The Clinic and The Big Bow Wow - For TG4: The Running Mate, Fir Bolg - For TV3: School Run. This autumn she will appear in Sharon Horgan's new comedy Women on the Verge and will play Celia Harrison in Hugh Laneís biopic Citizen Lane on RTE. Films include The Cured, Life's a Breeze, An Creatur, Strength and Honour, Angela Mooney Dies Again, The Hideaways and Love Rosie. She received an IFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Eilish Moore in the film version of Eugene O'Brien's Eden. Radio work includes the title role in John B. Keane's Sive for RTE Radio.


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Recent theatre appearances include: The Unmanageable Sisters (Abbey Theatre), The Red Shoes (Gate Theatre), Locker Room Talk (Peacock Theatre), The Heiress (Gate Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gate Theatre and Spoleto Festival, USA) Bog of Cats, She Stoops to Conquer (Abbey Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Gate Theatre and Hong Kong Festival), An Ideal Husband, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Woman of No Importance (Gate Theatre). Film and TV include: Agnes Browne, Ballykissangel, Rebel Heart, Dangerous Fortune. Recent Radio for RTE includes MA, Domestic Robots, Lockie's Umbrella, Greta at the Gresham and The Irish RM for BBC Radio 4.


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Joan is from Granagh, Co. Limerick. She has performed with all the leading Irish theatre companies and toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. Recent roles have been in Bailegangaire (Liviní Dred Theatre Co), Sacrifice at Easter (Corcadorca), Big Maggie (Druid Theatre Co.), John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre Co), Smallone (Blood in the Alley Theatre Co) and A Statue for Bill Clinton (Verdant Productions). Joan played Connie in the Abbey Theatre's 1995 production of The Mai and played 'Woman' in Blood in the Alley's production of Woman and Scarecrow. In the past ten years Joan has directed some acclaimed productions: Whitby (Bram Stoker Festival), The Match Box (Galway International Arts Festival), The Colleen Bawn Trials, (Limerick City of Culture), Field of Dreams (Bealtaine Festival), Maybe the Night (Limerick Experiment), Anything But Love and Excess Baggage, (Belltable Arts Centre) and Buck Jones and the Body Snatchers (Georgian House, Limerick and Dublin Theatre Festival), Joan's Film and TV appearances include Ros na Run, The Run of the Country, The Strangers, The Closer you Get, The Boxer, Happy Birthday to Me, Escape for Virgie, Teenage Kicks, Warriors, Marion agus an Bhanprionsa, Mattie, Killinascully and most recently End of Sentence.

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Stella has recently returned from a six month run of Sam Mendes' acclaimed production of The Ferryman, playing Aunt Maggie Faraway in London's West End. Theatre credits include - The Ladykillers, Philadelphia Here I Come, Uncle Vanya, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Ghosts (toured National Theatre of Oslo), Memory of Water, Desert Lullaby, Tea in a China Cup, Juno and the Paycock, (Lyric Theatre Belfast), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Three Sisters,  Alice Trilogy, Portia Coughlan, The Mai, Communion, Treehouses, No Romance (Abbey, Dublin), Uncle Vanya, The House of Bernarda Alba, Juno and the Paycock (toured Broadway) (Gate Theatre, Dublin)Woman and Scarecrow, Pygmies in the Ruins (Royal Court, London), Electra, Donny Boy, The Beggarís Opera ( Royal Exchange, Manchester), All That Fall, Endgame, Coronation Voyage (Prime Cut, Belfast), Our Father (Almeida Theatre, London), Roberto Zucco, Riders to the Sea (RSC), The Country Boy, The Loves of Cass Maguire, At the Black Pig's Dyke (toured Toronto festival) (Druid Theatre, Galway). Television credits include: On Home Ground, Amber, Shine On (RTE), Six Degrees, Game of Thrones, Jack Taylor, Trivia, Lovejoy, Fright Shorts. Film credits include: The Music Room, Sanctuary, My Name is Emily, Playboys, Five Minutes of Heaven, Arthur and Claire, Muse, Bad Day for the Cut, Normal People. Stella won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress for The Beauty Queen of Leenane and also won a Jacobs TV Award for Best Actress.

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Theatre: This Beautiful Village, The Importance of Being Earnest, Homeland, Drama at Inish, The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre);  The Seamster's Daughter (Glass Mask/Smock Alley)The Pillowman, Defender of the Faith (Decadent); The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice, Family Voices, Pygmalion, Arcadia (Gate Theatre); Lambo (Bewley’s Café Theatre & National Tour); Translations (MTC/Broadway); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Irish Rep/Off-Broadway); The Importance of Being Earnest, Homeland, Drama at Inish, The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre); Sharon’s Grave (Druid/Dublin Theatre Festival); Skylight (Landmark/Project); Further Than The Furthest Thing (Hatch/Project); Alone It Stands (Lane Productions/West End); Wife to James Whelan (New Diorama London); The Call (Peri-Talking/Crypt); Dublin 1742 (Ark); Richard III (Theatreworks/Samuel Beckett); The Cherry Orchard (New Theatre); This Lime Tree Bower (Foursight/New Theatre).

Film / Television: Carnival Row (Amazon); Knightfall (History Channel); Atlantic Crossing (Cinenord)Rebellion (RTÉ/Sundance TV); The Fall (BBC/Artist’s Studio); Reign (The CW/World 2000); Property of the State (Opix Films); Ripper Street (Amazon Prime/Tiger Aspect); Lost City of Z (MICA/Plan B/Paramount); Davin (Byrnalan Motel); Play Next Door (RTÉ); Ice Cream Girls (ITV/Left Bank Pictures); Leap Year (Benderspink/Spyglass); Perrier's Bounty (Parallel/Number 9); George Gently (BBC/Company Pictures); The Tiger’s Tail (Merlin Films); Pure Mule (RTÉ/Accomplice); Belonging to Laura (TV3/Accomplice); Five Day Shelter (Paradox/Red Ray); Jogged (Red Ray); The Waitress (Vico); Windows (Black Sheep).