This pair of one-woman shows features two very different ways of addressing the fears and hesitations that hold us back. First, there’s Mary, a young Irish girl who, in evading her family, takes a moment to have a heart to heart with the family donkey. Then there’s Charlie, ruler of the land of lost toys and discarded dreams, whose stories let on more than she intends.
The evening begins with dim lights and a stream of profanity as Mary (Tess Mc Manus) hides on stage from a family intent on humiliating her. Silent in their seats, she turns to an audience that has become the placeholder for the only other character in the play: Percy, the ancient family donkey she is doomed to ride in front of her whole town. Read the full review.