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Winsome Brown’s one-woman show is an affecting portrait of her mother and the life Brown and her siblings shared with her. Mary Brown is brought to life through various recollections, focusing on her struggles with alcoholism and the incredible closeness of the family throughout. As the forthright title suggests, joys and sorrows are presented simply and honestly, and Brown’s writing is always suffused with the very real warmth of her family.

This Is Mary Brown is a very special piece of writing and a virtuosic piece of acting.

The set is bare – table, chairs, telephone, a glass of wine and a pack of cigarettes. In these surroundings, Brown is chameleonic, and she shines. She plays fifteen characters – herself, her mother, her father, siblings and various figures from their family life – with remarkable skill. Nothing in the show is caricatured; both the writing and the performance are sharp and nuanced, and the play has an emotional heart which feels very human. This is the show’s strength: it is not an extraordinary story but a real one. The drama comes from the complications of family life, the touches of comedy from its bizarre little moments: the surprising perceptiveness of children, or an eccentric priest. It is all very honest, never tempted to sugarcoat the highs and lows, and is all the more intimate because of it.

In the husky-voiced Mary, we see a sadness but also an incredible fullness. She sits with a glass of wine, smoking and joking with the audience, the Irish twinkle in her eye never fully extinguished. Particularly poignant are the delicate and difficult conversations between Winsome and her mother, as are the Irish songs she sings affectingly with her guitar.

This Is Mary Brown is a very special piece of writing and a virtuosic piece of acting. A hidden gem, it is a pleasure to see a show at the Fringe with such a genuine heart.


8th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
9th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
10th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
11th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
12th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
13th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
14th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
15th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
20th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
21st Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
24th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
25th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
26th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
27th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
28th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
29th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street
30th Aug 20151:15pmParadise in The Vault
11 Merchant Street

The Blurb

A hit one-woman show from New York. The epic story of a simple life. Obie Award winner Winsome Brown channels her charismatic Irish mother, her Alaskan frontiersman father, and her engaging family. With humour and grace, she reveals Mary's struggles with aging and alcoholism, her war-stories of a 45-year marriage with children, the sad grace of a mother's death. Winsome Brown is ‘enchanting’ (Time Out), ‘gloriously gifted ... chameleonic’ (Variety), ‘outstanding’ (NY Review of Books). André Gregory calls Mary Brown 'revelatory'. A deeply touching story of family, thrilling and generous in love, honesty and humour.

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Company Type
Professional company
No. of Performers
1


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