This all-woman play is set in one of the old Mary Magdalen laundries run by an order of nuns. It tells the woeful tale of a group of 'fallen' women who have had their babies snatched from them at birth to be given up for adoption, and their wretched lives of drudgery earning their keep in the laundry.
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11 Scene Act 1 Scene Aron Garon Presley Athlone Audrey Hepburn Black Magic chocolates Brigit and Mandy Brigit Murphy Brigit takes Carrickmacross lace Cathy takes centre cigarette Cillnamona dance despised downstage Elvis Aron Garon Elvis Presley Father fella filmstar floor Frank Sinatra Galway girl gorgeous hair head heart Heartbreak Hotel Heaven Holy Hurry ironing-board down left John-Joe John-Joel Johnnie Juliet Juliet Kathleen Ferrier keys kisses kisses photographs kneels Laundry Basket letter lipstick long lacy dress look Lord Lordship Lordship's linen Mandy moves Mandy Prenderville Mandy takes Mandy's mannikin mirror Mother o'God Mother Victoria enters Nellie Nellie-Nora and Mandy Nora Pause photograph Plain Chant Magnificat polishing polishing-block pray purple drapes puts Reverend Mother scrap-book shirt sings Sister Virginia exits Sister Virginia stands smasher soprano soprano voice Sound starched surplice tea-break tell tellin Thank throws told you lately underpants Virginia O'Brien walks What's women