Many years later, and disinclined now to chance wearing a tutu, she can look back at the roles she has played with some nostalgia.
The favourite ones would definitely include the part of Fay, in Joe Orton’s Loot – this was the source of much naughty delight; also in the running would be Eva, in Peter Whelan’s Accrington Pals, whose First World War narrative was heart-breaking. Lady Macbeth was inspirational, in a very different way. Mary notes that it was a real pleasure to tackle the part of Kate, in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, and utter anarchic fun to take the part of Margarita in Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, as well as that of Felletti in his Accidental Death of an Anarchist. She has played Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, twice, because she is taller than average. Lady Bracknell was another of her roles (though she was rather disappointed by her hat).
Mary has loved being involved with The Passion and brings a huge amount of enthusiasm to rehearsals