Me, Mollser US Library Tour

Me, Mollser US Library Tour

September – October 2016

Me, Mollser by Ali White, Directed by Sarah Fitzgibbon

As part of Ireland 2016

The Abbey Theatre’s Community & Education Program, in association with the Irish Government’s Department of Education and Skills, is proud to present Me, Mollser; a specially commissioned monologue and workshop for young people. Me, Mollser introduces the famous Irish play The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey to a younger audience, and tells the story of tenement life during the Easter Rising of 1916 through the magical power of a performance and workshop performed live at their school or in a local community venue.

As part of the Ireland 2016 International Commemorations, Me, Mollser is touring to Boston and Philadelphia.

Me, Mollser by Ali White, is based on the character of Mollser, a fifteen year old consumptive who appears in The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Aimed at ages 10+ (5th and 6th Grade students), students are introduced to a strong willed and passionate teen coping with severe illness against the backdrop of the 1913 Lock-Out and the Easter Rising. Mollser is a proud young Dubliner struggling to thrive in the overcrowded tenements but having lost none of her curiosity and idealism. She sees the adults in her world with a sharp eye and even has a sense of the ghosts who continue to haunt her building. But how did Mollser get transported to this unfamiliar place, and will the audience help her discover how she got there?

Me, Mollser is a compelling, funny and poignant monologue, performed by Mary Lou McCarthy ably supported by Evan Lourdan. Both are experienced actor/facilitators skilled in working with student groups. Evan, who plays the role of The Lamplighter, prepares the students for the play and with Mary Lou, leads the short workshop which immediately follows. In addition, online resources cover topics and issues raised in the O’Casey play, including tenement living, the 1916 Easter Rising and the Rights of the Child. We have adapted the workshops to link with the reality of tenement life in American history at around the same time .

Me, Mollser web resources include four drama schemes designed by Sarah Fitzgibbon, the Abbey Theatre’s educational drama practitioner with extensive experience of the Irish primary school system. All the schemes have been designed with the performance piece in mind but can be done independently so we hope that teachers can engage again and again with this programme year on year. You can access the resources here:


Evan Lordan
Mary-Lou McCarthy

Set and Sound Design : Sarah Fitzgibbon and Phil Kingston
Composer: Philip Cullen
Costume Designer: Vicky Miller

Boston: 27 -30 September 2016
Local Venues: Adams Street Library, Hyde Park Library, Mattapan Library, Parker Hill Library, West Roxbury Library

Philadelphia : 3 -7 October 2016
Local Venues: Parkway Central Library, Falls of Schuylkill Library, West Oak Lane Library, Northeast Regional Library

Local Partners are the Boston Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Me, Mollser (2014)

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