Imelda May shows off her acting skills in new one woman play

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Imelda May has had quite the week, as she debuted her theatrical skills in a new production of Mother of All the Behans.

Yes, the singer took to the stage of the 3Olympia for opening night earlier this week where she blew fans away with her incredible portrayal of Kathleen Behan.

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 couldn’t be more excited now that the show has kicked off.


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“I feel passionately about this play, this story, this period of our history and culture and most importantly this woman,” she shared.

“I feel Kathleen’s spirit in me and I feel like I’m supposed to tell her story.”

Adding: “I’m thoroughly enjoying this experience.”

“I hope I do Peter proud for his belief in me to do his great play justice, I hope I do my ever supportive family proud including my Cumann na mBan grandmother, I hope I do the strong women of Ireland proud, and most of all I hope I do her family and Kathleen herself proud.”

Fans of the show couldn’t help but express their thoughts on Twitter with one writing: “Oh Imelda you were truly mesmerising as Kathleen Behan, the way you delivered those lines, the comedy, and the magnificent singing. You are truly gifted, just WOW.”

“Brilliant performance, a real flavour of Dublin,” commented another.

While a third tweeted: “Fantastic performance by Imelda May at Olympia Theatre Dublin tonight in Mother of All the Behans.”

Tickets can be purchased here, with the show running until the 26th of August.


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