What Would Ma Say
As seen through the eyes of writer Kathleen Doyle, ‘What Would Ma Say?’ Gives an honest yet humorous glimpse into life in an impoverished 1950s and 60s Dublin.
Born into a tenement house in Dublin City before moving out to Crumlin with her family, Kathleen was one of twelve children and was always “the big sister”, the one her siblings turned to while her parents Phil and Lil struggled to make ends meet in an Ireland many of us wouldn’t recognise today.
Her mother Lil is shown as the backbone of the family, the one who kept them together while her father Phil worked all manner of jobs to try to keep their heads above water. Kathleen’s story tells us that despite the on-going hardships that were part of family life back then, she and her siblings still managed to create some fond memories and have a lot of laughs which are enjoyed throughout this fascinating play.