Craic Theatre Podcast

Maria Connelly

April 13, 2020 Oliver Corr Season 1 Episode 4
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Craic Theatre Podcast
Maria Connelly
Apr 13, 2020 Season 1 Episode 4
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MARIA CONNOLLY

Maria Connolly trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in

London 1991-1994, where she received The Kenneth Branagh Renaissance

Award for most promising actor from Northern Ireland. She was awarded an

Irish Times Best Actress nomination for her performance in PROBLEM

CHILD for Prime Cut Productions.

Maria began acting when she was 15 with the Ulster Youth Theatre under the

leadership of David Grant. She performed in The National Theatre of London

when she was 16, starting a career that has lasted over 30 years. Maria has

worked extensively in Northern Irish theatre, particularly focusing on new writing

creating roles in productions that have been revived and returned to audiences

in Northern Ireland and further afield.

After an extensive Irish tour and selling out the Lyric Theatre Belfast and then

The Grand Opera House, Maria performed internationally the solo show TWO

SORE LEGS by Brenda Murphy for Green Shoot Productions. She performed

Two Sore Legs in New York at the Cuala Festival and was chosen to perform in

Brussels by The Arts Council representing NI’s best of the arts in the EU. She

performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 where she was Lorna Diamond’s

(The Scotsman) pick of the festival.

Maria performed the role of ‘Alice’ in Patrick J O’Reilly’s critically acclaimed

THE MAN WHO FELL TO PIECES, for Tinderbox, which hopes to have it’s

third revival in the near future.

Maria has collaborated with many theatre companies and writers in Belfast.

She works extensively with Paula McFetridge from Kabosh Theatre Company,

most recently on Vincent Higgins’ ‘A Bellaghy Tale,’ celebrating the work and

‘Homeplace' of Seamus Heaney. With Paula, Maria also created the role of

‘Lady Annie’ at Hillsborough Castle, developing collaborations and connections

and strengthening her passion for site specific theatre.

Maria played Arlene Foster in Rosemary Jenkinson’s ‘Michelle and Arlene’ series

of satirical comedies. Maria is delighted to be performing in Rosemary’s

new play this year ‘Dream, Sleep, Connect’ with C21 theatre company.

Maria has worked extensively with and continues to collaborate and create roles

by playwright Martin Lynch performing in ‘Dancing Shoes,’ History of The

Peace,’ ‘We’ll walk Hand in Hand’ and ‘Meeting at Menin Gate.’

Maria has just completed recording a 6 part sitcom for BBC Radio Ulster written

by up and coming Northern Irish writer Ciaran Bartlett. Maria recently

filmed a new Sitcom ‘Familiar,’ for Hare and Tortoise, directed by Simon Delaney.

Maria attended script writing for the theatre, training under the direction of

Jackie Doyle, formally of Prime Cut Productions. There she trained in script

development with Graham Whybrow, formally from the Royal Court Theatre in

London and Patrick Marber, the award winning writer of ‘Closer.’ She participated

in a series of workshops organised by Replay Theatre Company designed

to train emerging writers from Northern Ireland to write for children/ young

adults. Maria’s participation on the course led to the commission of 2 plays

from Replay Theatre Company.

Maria since went on to write for Tinderbox Theatre Company, Kabosh Theatre

Company, BBC Radio 4 and Radio Ulster.


Show Notes

MARIA CONNOLLY

Maria Connolly trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in

London 1991-1994, where she received The Kenneth Branagh Renaissance

Award for most promising actor from Northern Ireland. She was awarded an

Irish Times Best Actress nomination for her performance in PROBLEM

CHILD for Prime Cut Productions.

Maria began acting when she was 15 with the Ulster Youth Theatre under the

leadership of David Grant. She performed in The National Theatre of London

when she was 16, starting a career that has lasted over 30 years. Maria has

worked extensively in Northern Irish theatre, particularly focusing on new writing

creating roles in productions that have been revived and returned to audiences

in Northern Ireland and further afield.

After an extensive Irish tour and selling out the Lyric Theatre Belfast and then

The Grand Opera House, Maria performed internationally the solo show TWO

SORE LEGS by Brenda Murphy for Green Shoot Productions. She performed

Two Sore Legs in New York at the Cuala Festival and was chosen to perform in

Brussels by The Arts Council representing NI’s best of the arts in the EU. She

performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 where she was Lorna Diamond’s

(The Scotsman) pick of the festival.

Maria performed the role of ‘Alice’ in Patrick J O’Reilly’s critically acclaimed

THE MAN WHO FELL TO PIECES, for Tinderbox, which hopes to have it’s

third revival in the near future.

Maria has collaborated with many theatre companies and writers in Belfast.

She works extensively with Paula McFetridge from Kabosh Theatre Company,

most recently on Vincent Higgins’ ‘A Bellaghy Tale,’ celebrating the work and

‘Homeplace' of Seamus Heaney. With Paula, Maria also created the role of

‘Lady Annie’ at Hillsborough Castle, developing collaborations and connections

and strengthening her passion for site specific theatre.

Maria played Arlene Foster in Rosemary Jenkinson’s ‘Michelle and Arlene’ series

of satirical comedies. Maria is delighted to be performing in Rosemary’s

new play this year ‘Dream, Sleep, Connect’ with C21 theatre company.

Maria has worked extensively with and continues to collaborate and create roles

by playwright Martin Lynch performing in ‘Dancing Shoes,’ History of The

Peace,’ ‘We’ll walk Hand in Hand’ and ‘Meeting at Menin Gate.’

Maria has just completed recording a 6 part sitcom for BBC Radio Ulster written

by up and coming Northern Irish writer Ciaran Bartlett. Maria recently

filmed a new Sitcom ‘Familiar,’ for Hare and Tortoise, directed by Simon Delaney.

Maria attended script writing for the theatre, training under the direction of

Jackie Doyle, formally of Prime Cut Productions. There she trained in script

development with Graham Whybrow, formally from the Royal Court Theatre in

London and Patrick Marber, the award winning writer of ‘Closer.’ She participated

in a series of workshops organised by Replay Theatre Company designed

to train emerging writers from Northern Ireland to write for children/ young

adults. Maria’s participation on the course led to the commission of 2 plays

from Replay Theatre Company.

Maria since went on to write for Tinderbox Theatre Company, Kabosh Theatre

Company, BBC Radio 4 and Radio Ulster.