‘I See You’, a play about Limerick legend Lady Mary Heath, Friday 26th April in the Belltable at 8pm.
‘I See You’ explores the life of Limerick legend Lady Mary Heath
LadyBud Productions presents ‘I See You’ which is a brand new play written by Amy De Bhrún that weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart.
Lady Mary Heath is a Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation, lost and forgotten, trapped within the walls of time and Mary, a middle -class Dublin woman, unseen and unheard, trapped in an abusive relationship that has just taken a turn for the worse.
Amy De Bhrún said about the inspiration behind this play, “In short, the incredible woman Lady Mary Heath inspired me! A woman who despite her traumatic beginnings went on to be the world’s first female commercial pilot, was an award winning athlete who campaigned for the inclusion of women’s sports in the Olympic programme, the first person to parachute out of a plane, the first aviator to fly the length of Africa…. I could go on! It really resonated with me, how despite all these magnificent achievements – someone can remain totally unseen by the world. There seemed a real injustice in it. But in order to write the play, I began thinking of women in today’s society and how oppression can follow this cyclical pattern. If we don’t have the access to these incredible stories of female Irish trailblazers from our past – how can we evolve and move forward? I was inspired to connect the dots in some way – and that is why it is so important that we brought Lady Mary together with a Modern Mary on stage because it is in no way a history lesson or a biography. It is a Modern Mary’s story and a Modern Mary’s time. Lady Mary Heath, through telling her story can facilitate Modern Mary in breaking the cycle of oppression.”
Amy went onto to explain her links with Limerick, “Lady Mary Heath was born and raised in Limerick. (Knockaderry – Newcastle West). We are proud to be bringing her home to Belltable on the final stop of our tour. Some of my Grandfather’s family are from Limerick and before she died, my Great Aunt mentioned that she remembers her father (my great grandfather) speaking about this incredible aviator from Limerick!”
A call to arms, I See You explores the dangerous cyclical nature of female oppression and the devastating consequences of allowing countless women’s voices to go unheard.
DATE: Friday, 26th April at 8pm