Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024


Presented by The Curious Ensemble
Double Bill with The Experience of Being

Written by: Yvonne Quinn & Bairbre Ní Chaoimh

Directed by: Joan Sheehy

Performed by: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh & Malachy Mc Kenna

Age Suitability: 14+

Running Time: 70 mins – no interval

Maura Laverty is spirited back from the dead to face a live and online audience on a surreal TV show.

Maura Laverty, the multi-talented broadcaster, cookery expert, agony aunt and controversial writer, who was a household name in Ireland for three decades, is spirited back from the dead to face a live and online audience on a surreal TV show called ‘This WAS Your LIFE.’ She will cook recipes from her iconic cookbook, ‘Full And Plenty,’ and talk about her roller-coaster 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?

Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh was first presented by The Curious Ensemble in The Viking Theatre in September 2019. It played to full houses for two weeks and was a popular and critical success.


‘This is a fascinating picture of how a strong woman refused to play nice in the restrictive post-war decades and worked her way bang into the centre of Irish cultural life. Her ghost will be well pleased.’ – The Irish Independent

‘The main part of the show is a witty and entertaining journey through the writer’s life, with Ms Ní Chaoimh in splendid form as the pugnacious Laverty.’ – The Irish Mail On Sunday



Bairbre Ní Chaoimh has worked extensively as a freelance actor on stage, screen, radio and television, performing in Ireland, England, Scotland, America, Japan and Australia. She is also a theatre director and has received several awards and nominations for her work, including a MAMA award and the Irish Times Judges’ Special Award in 2008.

Malachy McKenna is a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland and a graduate of NUI Galway with an honours degree in English and History and a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications. He trained as an actor at the Focus Stanislavski Studio, Dublin under the late Deirdre O’ Connell.  Malachy won the gold medal with RTE for Best Radio Drama at the World Festival of Radio in New York in July, 2015 for his first radio play, ‘The Quiet Land.’




Dates & Venues

Wed January 29th 2020 – 8:00 pm
Mitchelstown Town Hall
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Thu January 30th 2020 – 8:00 pm
Bartlemy Parish Hall
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Fri January 31st 2020 – 8:00 pm
Ballynoe Community Centre
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Sat February 1st 2020 – 8:00 pm
The Mall Arts Centre Youghal
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Sun February 2nd 2020 – 8:00 pm
The Palace Theatre, Fermoy
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Please note: tickets available on the door and doors open 30min before show start time.