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Kildare > Arts > Puca Puppets presents's Mary Mary's Last Dance

Puca Puppets Present's Mary Mary's Last Dance

Riverbank Arts Centre - Wednesday 30th October 2002
8.00 pm (Tickets €10/€8)
Booking on (045) 448333

" A small stage gem that sparkles brightly. The puppeteers are...unobtrusively perfect in every physical and vocal nuance" Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times.

Mary Mary's Last Dance is the imaginative portrayal of the last night on earth of a vibrant eighty-five year old. Fantasy and reality become increasingly intertwined when Mary Mary is visited by people from her past, relives old memories and entertains new dreams.

Through the skilful manipulation of hand-crafted puppets on an interactive set, the award-winning Puca Puppets conjure up the dreams of this vivacious octogenarian, to the accompaniment of live music composed especially for the production. The performance is both an amusing celebration of life, death and the power of memory and imagination.Puca Puppets presents Mary Mary's Last Dance

Devised by the award-winning Puca Puppets, the show is their response to the derth of Irish puppet theatre for adults. Best known for their performances in Barabbas...the cube at Expo 2000 and for their family water-puppetry and children's glove shows with which they have toured Ireland and the UK.

Puca embark on this new adventure with a team of seasoned professionals. Mary Mary's Last Dance is directed by Leticia Agudo, co-founder of Common Currency Theatre Company and director of their last production, 1990 - The Pianist on the Ocean, starring Donal O'kelly. The ingenious set is designed by Chisato Yoshimi and realised by Ray Duffy. Liz Keller, who last performed for the Abbey Theatre's Collen Bawn, accompanies the show on variuos musical instruments, and illumination comes courtesy of the Dublin based tartan, Nick McCall, lighting designer of the year at the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards'99. The development of the piece was enhanced by the wit and wisdom of the Irish Museum of Modern Art's Active Age Group, who generously contributed their own recollections, dreams and songs.

For further information or visuals, please contact Catriona Fallon or Antoinette Banks on (045) 448314 or at

Tickets can be booked in person at the Riverbank, by calling (045) 448333, or by e-mail at

For further information, please contact Catriona Fallon on (045) 448314

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