PLAYS

Mirror, Mirror

Commissioned by Carousel Players, St Catharines, Canada

Cast: 3F

 

There is sometimes a stage in a woman’s life when she looks at her daughter and sees herself and looks in the mirror and sees her mother.

 

Mirror, Mirror is a collage of the writing of some of Canada’s leading women writers (Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Fraser, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro and Gabrielle Roy) selected and adapted by Patricia Mahoney for the stage to portray the complexities of female relationships particularly the bond between mother and daughter. 

 

First produced by Carousel Players at The Studio Theatre, St Catharines, Canada and then on tour. 

Directed by Des Davis

Cast: Winn Bray, Faye Davis and Patricia Mahoney

 

Subsequent productions included Victoria Playhouse Petrolia and

Opus Productions, Hamilton, Canada.

 

‘warm, human, touching… lovely, lovely piece of work.’ 

Hamilton Spectator

 

'dramatically exciting'

St Catharines Standard

 

This Foreign Land

Commissioned by the Blyth Festival, Canada

Written by Patricia Mahoney with the This Foreign Land Company

Cast 4M/3F

 

This Foreign Land is based on interviews with people living in the Blyth, Ontario area who had emigrated from Europe after the Second World War. Through songs and stories, the play traces the journeys  of those who traded the familiarity of their homeland for life in a new country with a different language and culture - a foreign land. The joys, the hilarity and the traumas of families who threw over the past for a fresh beginning settling the farms, towns and cities of South Western Ontario are chronicled through their stories.

 

First produced at the Blyth Memorial Theatre, Blyth, Canada as the opening play of The Blyth Summer Festival '79.

Directed by James Roy

Cast: Anne Anglin, Richard Budzinski, Layne Coleman, Mary Ann Coles, Peter Elliott, Sam Malkin and Seana McKenna

 

‘A delight… It’s in shows such as this that there’s the basis for a true popular Canadian theatre.’  Gina Mallet, The Toronto Star

 

‘A winner… impressive… mixes warmth, humour with generosity of spirit with perceptive observation.’  Doug Bale, London Free Press

 

‘Splendid… a genuine feel for its community.’  Jamie Portman, Southam News Service

 

Plays for children and young people

Pipeline

Commissioned by Carousel Players, St Catharines, Canada

Written by Patricia Mahoney and Jackie Holt

A play for young people aged 11 - 13.

Cast: 3M/2F

 

Chloe, a young Inuit girl, is returning home to Calumet from the south where she has been completing her formal education. While she has been away, Don, her brother has been made Chief. But estrangement between brother and sister is more obvious than joy, It is the eve of the Berger Enquiry into the gas pipeline slated to run through the MacKenzie River Delta, and fresh hostilities  have surfaced in this small town, Now, as Chloe must decide where she stands on this issue, both within her family and within her community, a new dimension of her education begins. Pipeline does not attempt to judge. It reports the fears and apprehensions of every day people and the home spun humour that gets them through.

 

The play is based on the transcripts of the Berger Enquiry hearings.

 

First produced by Carousel Players, Canada.

Directed by Des Davis

Cast: Winn Bray, Tom Hall, John Sweeney, Chris Kelk and Patricia Mahoney

 

Subsequent production by Theatre Go Round, Canada. 

 

From Sea to Sea

Written by Patricia Mahoney

A play for young people in aged 11 - 13.

Cast: 3M/2F

 

A play about the birth of a country - Canada.

 

‘Confederation can be one of the most boring topics in any history book…. But, Theatre Go Round brings it to life…. This play may have been written, designed and played for students but it is certainly suitable for an older audience. It convinced me, a long term history student, that the Confederation story was really an exciting experience.’

John Knisely, The Advertiser Topic

 

 First produced by Theatre Go Round, Canada.

 

Freak

Commissioned by Theatre Go Round, Canada

Written by Patricia Mahoney

A participation play for children aged 4 - 8.

Cast: 3M / 2F

 

Eight year old Jason had it made. Everyone in Midtown said so. Everyone said if he kept playing hockey the way he did he would grow up to be greater than Wayne Gretzky. Everyone called him Flash. That was before the accident - the freak accident. Everyone said it was a shame. Everyone sent cards and flowers. No one calls him Flash anymore, but he has heard people whisper Freak

 

Freak is a play about Jason’s struggle to cope with his new life in a wheelchair. It examines not only his battle with the physical restraints imposed on him, but also his difficulties in dealing with the often unintentional cruelty of both children and adults.

 

The children in the story are played by actors and the students. The adults are portrayed by colourful, giant, soft, ‘mob’ puppets.

 

First produced by Theatre Go Round, Canada.

 

Two Plays in Search of a Producer

Open Season

by Patricia Mahoney

 

Despite the worsening economic crisis and fear of another flu epidemic, British people carry on. They go about their business: some at work; some at home; others meet friends for dinner or a concert. Their lives are about to change. One man has overheard a conversation in a bar. It could change the nation – maybe the nation has already changed and no one has noticed. He needs to let people know - it’s open season. 

 

A modern dystopian play set in the near future.

 

Rules of the Game

by Patricia Mahoney

Cast 4M/1F (plus additional characters on video)

 

‘Ever feel like you’re in a rut? Like you’ve lost control of your life? Like you want to break free - chuck it all in - see the world - have that REALLY BIG ADVENTURE?

Know the feeling?

Right.

Well, sometimes you just have to take the plunge.’

 

Rules of the Game follows four young professionals who chuck in their jobs and predicable lives to take the plunge. They meet for the first time on a beach in Paradise. But something goes wrong - they find they are out of their depth and no longer know the rules of the game.

 

Short stories, flash fiction and poetry

In addition to plays and her book / CD Full of Grace, Patricia also writes short stories, flash fiction and poetry.  Some of these pieces have been published in anthologies including the following IsleWrite collections:

 

IsleWrite 2011

Kissed Off

Thanks for the Memories

Long Hairs and Short Tales

Winter Words

 

IsleWrite is a group of Thanet writers who meet from 2.00pm - 5.00pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Broadstairs Library.       www.facebook.com/IsleWriters