Wednesday 23 January 2019

Smoking hot play for An Táin

The father and daughter team of Paddy and Mary Murray are behind the one woman show 'No Smoke Without Fire' which comes to An Táin Arts Centre on Saturday.

The critically acclaimed production written by Paddy and starring daughter Mary, best known for her role of Janet in Love/Hate, is set in the smoking area of a Dublin pub.

She plays all the characters who congregate there, in the wake of a post office robbery in which the €60,000 loot has gone missing. The six women gossip, leaving behind a trail of personal information, and clues. As the innocent along with the guilty suffer the strings of innuendo and the lashes of sharp tongues, a hilarious tale of crime and its consequences unfolds.

An Táin Arts Centre Director Paul Hayes says 'Mary Murray is one of Ireland's greatest actors. It is a delight to welcome her to Dundalk for what promises to be a great evening.'

Her performance has been described as 'a tour de force', while the Sunday Independent stated: 'What makes this close to a magical hour is Murray's mastery of Dublin Argot, delivered by his characters with meaty and frequently hilarious gusto… And then of course there's Mary Murray, sole performer on an empty stage. She couples the space with such consummate skill that her audience feel themselves being shoved and poked at the crowded bar, choking in the smoky haze, an uneasy witness to the frayed tempers that range from the irritating and pesky to the dangerously violent…and that's just the women. That's acting folks'

'No Smoke Without Fire' comes to An Táin Arts Centre on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets cost €15/€12. Booking at the box office at An Táin Arts Centre on Crowe Street, Dundalk, over the phone on 042 9332332 or online at

The Argus