Maura Laverty – This WAS Your LIFE by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn is coming to the Belltable

Maura Laverty

Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life is an exciting new play by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn which sees Maura cook recipes from her iconic cookbook, Full And Plenty, and talk about her rollercoaster life.

Maura Laverty – This WAS Your LIFE by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn is coming to the Belltable 

Maura Laverty – This WAS Your LIFE is an exciting new play by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn, which premiered in the Viking Theatre in Dublin in September 2019. Following on from the success of that first production, the play will now be staged in venues across Ireland from January 2020 until April 2020 starring Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and Malachy McKenna and will be coming to the Belltable on Saturday, February 29 at 8 pm.

Maura Laverty

Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life is an exciting new play by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn which sees Maura cook recipes from her iconic cookbook, Full And Plenty, and talk about her rollercoaster life. Pictured is Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and Malachy McKenna

Bairbre is an award-winning actor and director, who has worked extensively on stage, screen, radio, and television. She has written and co-written a number of plays and short films. Maura Laverty – This WAS Your LIFE is the second play she co-created with her friend and writing partner, Yvonne Quinn.

Maura Laverty, the multi-talented broadcaster, cookery expert, agony aunt and controversial writer, who was a household name in Ireland for three decades, is about to be spirited back from the dead to face a live and online audience on a surreal TV show This WAS Your LIFE. She will cook recipes from her iconic cookbook, Full And Plenty, and talk about her rollercoaster life. The host will get her to reveal some of her darker secrets and the price she paid for her success. Fifty years after her death, how will a contemporary audience evaluate her recipes and her tumultuous life?

Who remembers Full and Plenty? All past home economics students throughout Ireland would have one on a shelf at home in their kitchen. Broadcaster, writer, cookery expert and agony aunt Maura Laverty was a household name in Ireland for three decades. She had her own ESB-sponsored radio show on RTE for thirty years, where she dispensed advice on relationships and cooking. Her work was often controversial and her novels were banned by the censors for their sexual frankness. In the 1950s she wrote three plays that saved The Gate Theatre from financial ruin. In the ‘60s her iconic cookbooks with their unique blend of recipes and stories were to be found in nearly every home in Ireland. She toured the country giving cookery demonstrations on behalf of the ESB and encouraging women to use electric cookers and other labour-saving devices.

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