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Love/Hate's Mary bringing Joyce to a new audience

WE'RE used to seeing her play hardened brothel owner Janet in Love/Hate, but actress Mary Murray is about to head down a different route.

The Ballyfermot native is set to channel James Joyce's Ulysses, when she travels over to China with the Tron Theatre Company next March.

Mary (inset) and her co-stars Muireann Kelly and Jean-Paul van Cauwelaert will tour the country for five weeks, acting out the famous play which has been adapted by Dermot Bolger.

"Muireann and Jean-Paul play Molly and Leopold Bloom and myself and the other six cast members play a total of around 100 characters between us," she told the Diary.

"We performed it at the Edinburgh festival last year and we've had interest from companies everywhere, which is fantastic; places like Russia, Canada and America have expressed interest, so you never know where we could end up. Hopefully it could lead to a world tour," she added.

Dubliner Mary, who last weekend saw her new film Poisin Pen enjoy its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, studied the well-known book before taking on her multiple characters and admitted it wasn't the easiest preparation for a job.

"I know it certainly was no picnic for me trying to get through the book before rehearsals, but the show is not high brow thankfully.

"It's definitely going to give audiences a night out."

And before setting out to Asia in the New Year, Mary's planning on learning some Mandarin.

"I made an attempt to learn it a few months back and like Joyce it's no walk in the park, but I really want to take on the challenge and make it my obsession from the Christmas holidays onwards."