Dancing With Mrs Murphy is part of Citadel Arts Group’s “remembering the 1950s” project, and was written by one of their members, Vincent Maguire.
Rose, the “Mrs Murphy” of the title, escaped from a life of poverty and disgrace in Ireland to come to live in Leith before the Second World War, and now, in 1956, she is on the brink of seeing her greatest dream fulfilled…or is she?
The play explores the relationships between mothers and sons at a time of great social change. Both Rose Murphy and her employer, Mrs MacCarthy, who have come from very different backgrounds, have great ambitions for their sons, but in the course of one day in the MacCarthy household the lives of both families are altered drastically and many illusions are shattered.
Laverne Edmonds (Rose Murphy), Debbie Cannon (Mrs MacCarthy) and Sean Fitzpatrick (Dan MacCarthy) all give extremely good performances in this dark drama, and the script is excellent, with many well-observed lines. My only negative comment on this performance is that the venue isn’t ideal; non-raked seating and a stage that is mainly at the same level as the seating makes it difficult for those seated further back to see fully what is happening on-stage. Having said that, however, much of the performance is dialogue-driven, so can still be enjoyed even with that restricted view.
Leith is a little bit out of the way from most of the Fringe venues, but it’s definitely worth making the journey to see Dancing With Mrs Murphy.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
Dancing With Mrs Murphy
Leith Dockers Club - Leith Dockers Club
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1 hour 15 minutes
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
Group: Citadel Arts Group