Woman Undone is a re-imagining of the extraordinary life of one of Ireland’s best loved singers Mary Coughlan.

The work is created by award-winning Irish theatre company Brokentalkers and Mary Coughlan in collaboration with renowned Icelandic composer and music producer Valgeir Sigurdsson.

Woman Undone will premiere at Project Arts Centre with performances 17-24 November (preview 16 November) and then at Mermaid Arts Centre Bray 29 November.

An original, bold and beautiful fusion of theatre, music and dance, Woman Undone explores the themes of abuse and redemption. It tells the story of a young woman who endured physical and sexual abuse, addiction and mental illness; whose discovery of art and music was instrumental in helping her to overcome trauma.

Woman Undone features by an all-female cast including Mary Coughlan, Dublin-based folk pop quartet Mongoose,and dancer Erin O’Reilly.

Following on from Brokentalkers previous works such as The Blue Boy, Have I No Mouth and The Circus Animals’ Desertion, Woman Undone combines biography, socio-political discourse and breathtaking theatricality with the extraordinary voice of Mary Coughlan and the Sigurdsson’s haunting score, creating a show that is insightful, inspiring and extraordinary to listen to.

Mary Coughlan in Woman Undone Photo Fionn McCann


Woman Undone is written by Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon (Brokentalkers), and
Mary Coughlan
Direction Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon
Music composition and production Valgeir Sigurdsson
Performed by Mary Coughlan, Molly O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin, Cara Dunne and Erin O’Reilly
Movement direction Eddie Kaye
Lighting Sarah Jane Shiels
Design Sabine Dargent
Costume Sarah Foley
Dramaturgy Bjarni Jonsson

Woman Undone is being created with funding from Arts Council Ireland and is a Co-Production between Brokentalkers, Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Mermaid Arts Centre (Bray) and Lókal Performing Arts (Reykjavík). Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.



Project Arts logoDates 17-24 November| Preview 16 November| Matinee 24 November
Show Time: 7.30pm | Matinee 3pm
Price 20-22 euro| Previews and matinees 18 euro
Project Arts Centre, No.39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website: https://projectartscentre.ie/
Box office email: box-office@projectartscentre.ie | Box office phone: +353 1 881 9613


Date: 29 November
Show Time: 8pm
Price 18/16 euro
Mermaid Arts Centre, Main St, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Website: https://www.mermaidartscentre.ie | Box office phone: +353 1 272 4030

For audiences aged 14+/12+ with parental guidance.


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Photos by Fionn McCann

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