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 apron Aron Garon Presley Athlone Audrey Hepburn baby Black Magic chocolates bodhran Brigit and Mandy Brigit Murphy Brigit takes Carrickmacross lace Cathy McNamara Cathy's centre cigarette Cillnamona dance despised downstage dress Elvis Aron Garon Elvis Presley Father fella filmstar floor forever Frank Sinatra Galway girl give gorgeous hair head heart Heartbreak Hotel Heaven Holy Hurry ironing-board down left John-Joe Johnnie Juliet Kathleen Ferrier keys Kiss kneels Laundry Basket letter lipstick look Lord Lordship Lordship's linen Mandy Prenderville Mandy takes Mandy's mannikin Mannion mirror Mmmn Mother o'God Mother Victoria enters Nellie Nellie-Nora and Mandy Nellie-Nora takes Nora Pause photograph Plain Chant Magnificat pray purple drapes puts Reverend Mother scrap-book shelves shiny shirt sings Sister Virginia enters Sister Virginia stands smasher soprano soprano voice Sound surplice tell tellin Thank throws told you lately trousers underpants Virginia O'Brien walks women