by Declan Hassett 

Starring Anna Manahan

The World Premiere of a new Irish Play

By Declan Hassett

With Anna Manahan,

Directed By Michael Scott

Designed By Stuart Marshall

Costumes by Michael McCaffery.

Tony Award winner Anna Manahan, (Beauty Queen Of Lenanne), playing both sisters, has captured the hearts of audiences all over Ireland with her electrifying performance of this new Irish play that was written specially for her.

Hailed by the press, as magnetic and breathtaking in these roles, Anna Mahanan has created two extraordinary and different portraits of the Clooney Sisters - Martha and Mary. The play is full of earthy country humour mixed with gentle pathos, creating an evening of theatre that will be remembered for years to come.

Declan Hassett’s powerful account of life in rural Ireland in the 1950s and 60’s brings to life in the hands of Anna Manahan not just the Sisters themselves, but a whole village, from the postman to the Parish Priest and the schools to the dancehalls. The stunning virtuosity of the performance is a match for the broad earthy humour of Martha’s vitality which is in contrasted with the fragile insecurity and sensitivity of her sister Mary.

Betrayal, hypocrisy, lost opportunities and blazing emotions abound in a virtuoso performance from our greatest living actress in this provocative and controversial new play that has moved and delighted audiences all over Ireland.

2005. Anna Manahan, Arts Lives, All About Anna, Part 1 - made by Charlie Mc Carthy/Icebox Films for RTÉ television. A revealing portrait of the famous, award winning Waterford actress, Anna Manahan. In 1998 she won the prestigious Tony award for her portrayal of a physically feeble but monstrously manipulative old woman in Martin McDonagh's play "The Beauty Queen of Leenane." She died on 8 March 2009 (of multiple organ failure) in Waterford city, Ireland, where she lived with her two brothers .


Born in Waterford of a theatrical and musical family. Trained at Ria Mooney’s Gaiety School of Acting. Formative years spent in the Edward’s and MacLiammoir Gate Theatre.  Has played with all major Irish companies particularly Druid Theatre and Red Kettle in recent years. Has a long association with her life long friend, Phyllis Ryan’s Gemini Productions. Has played extensively in England and USA. John B. Keane wrote ‘Big Maggie’ for her. Recently was awarded a Tony Award for her performance in the ‘Beauty Queen of Leenane’ on Broadway. Favourite roles include, Big Maggie, Alice in ‘Happy Birthday Dear Alice’, Mags Folan in ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, Bessie Burgess in the Plough and the Stars’ at the National Theatre, London, The Matchmaker and Hannah in Brian Friels ‘Lovers’ for which she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1968.  TV and Films include The Irish RM, Leave It TO Mrs. O’Brien, The Country Girls, Clash of the Titan, A Man of No Importance, Blind Justice, The Smiling Suicide Club, Black Day at Blackrock, Starfish, and Fair City.  Was awarded the Eire Gold Medal in 1984 by the Eire Society of Boston.  Opened the bi-centennial of America in 1975 in the John Hancock Hall in Boston with her solo show ‘The 7 Stages of Anna’.

The Freedom of Waterford City was conferred on Anna Manahan in April 2002 in recognition of her contribution and achievements in the Arts. Anna recently received an honorary doctorate awarded by University of Limerick.  Her latest awards include; ‘Woman of Drama 2004’ Tatler and Sketch and ‘Literary person of the year 2005’ Oscar Wilde Society.