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Hannah Holland & Maddie Broadbridge and Jenny Simpson in Once a Catholic

Julie Lovelock and Katie Webster in Once a Catholic

Mark Slaughter in Once a Catholic

Jenny Simpson and Mark Slaughter in Once a Catholic

Francis Cawley, Hannah Holland, Katie Webster, Jenny Simpson, Ana Finch, Maddie Broadbridge, Helen Rowe, Julie Lovelock & Mark Slaughter and Claire Ellis in Once a Catholic

Conor Litten and Katie Webster in Once a Catholic

Helen Rowe in Once a Catholic

Katie Webster and Mark Slaughter in Once a Catholic

Helen Rowe & Conor Litten in Once a Catholic

Katie Webster and Julie Lovelock in Once a Catholic

Katie Webster in Once a Catholic

Conor Litten in Once a Catholic

Francis Cawley and Ana Finch in Once a Catholic

Conor Litten and Helen Rowe in Once a Catholic

Ana Finch, Helen Rowe, Katie Webster, Hannah Holland & Maddie Broadbridge and Jenny Simpson in Once a Catholic

Conor Litten and Helen Rowe in Once a Catholic

Michael Martin in Once a Catholic

Claire Ellis in Once a Catholic

Hannah Holland in Once a Catholic

Maddie Broadbridge & Jenny Simpson and Julie Lovelock in Once a Catholic

Katie Webster and Conor Litten in Once a Catholic

Helen Rowe, Ana Finch, Michael Martin, Hannah Holland & Katie Webster and Jenny Simpson in Once a Catholic

Carol Gray and Helen Rowe in Once a Catholic

Carol Gray in Once a Catholic

Julie Lovelock in Once a Catholic

Katie Webster & Ana Finch and Helen Rowe in Once a Catholic

Michael Martin and Katie Webster in Once a Catholic

Claire Ellis and Katie Webster in Once a Catholic

Ana Finch and Helen Rowe in Once a Catholic

Katie Webster and Mark Slaughter in Once a Catholic

Once a Catholic

by Mary O'Malley

13th to 20th October 2018



"Sharp and evocative...refreshing play that will be a source of much merriment among the devout and lapsed." - Plays and Players

There are three Marys - not so unremarkable in a convent school. Mary McGinty has an illicit boyfriend, Derek, a mod with a speech impediment. Mary Gallagher has a plummy choirboy Cuthbert who fancies being a priest and crossing his fingers when it comes to the celibacy. Mary Mooney has singing lessons with creepy Mr Emanuelli. The girls aren’t just inexperienced, they’re a blank slate, and even instructive lessons on the reproductive systems of the rabbit have to be interrupted for prayers. Any questions they have are interpreted as insolence. Tampax boxes are confiscated like cigarettes. When the girls turn to other areas for information, they find there’s little help to be found crammed three abreast in a toilet cubicle reading questionable passages of Leviticus. And when they’re caught, naturally the first question is ‘Is it a Catholic Bible?’

Once a Catholic was first performed at The Royal Court Theatre in 1977. It won awards from the Evening Standard newspaper and Plays & Players magazine. Mary O'Malley went on to be the Royal Court's resident dramatist for 1977. The production transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End where it ran for over two years.