Imelda May says she’s both “excited and terrified” for new one woman play

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Imelda May is gearing up for her theatrical debut later this year, and safe to say the singer is feeling all the emotions that come with performing.

Yes, Imelda is set to star in a new production of Mother of All the Behans at the 3Olympia Theatre this August which has only gone and got itself an extended run of dates.

Based on the book by Brian Behan, the production has been adapted and directed for the stage by Peter Sheridan and traces the story of his ‘inspirational’ mother Kathleen.

Taking to Instagram, Imelda admitted that she is “equally excited and terrified” ahead of her highly anticipated performance.


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“An entire one woman play is certainly jumping in the deep end for my first theatre show but I rarely do things by halves,” she said.

“The life of Kathleen Behan, Brendan’s Mammy, is so enthralling I just had to do it.

“And the opportunity to work with the amazing Peter Sheridan in this new production is such a wonderful way to tell her story.

“Join me for an evening of songs & stories celebrating her life to mark the centenary of the birth of Brendan,” she added.


The play is set to take place from Tuesday, August 15th and will run until the 26th.

Described as “a fascinating record of a remarkable life,” it’s inspired by the songs and stories handed down through generations.

While the retelling is an entertaining journey through the social history of Dublin and the Behan family history.

So, have you got your tickets?

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