York Settlement Community Players came to 41 Monkgate last week to perform their version of production The Mai. It’s a show originally written by Marina Carr and directed by Jan Kirk with music composed by Oliver Mills. The play featured an Irish family living at the end of the 1970s, which also coincidentally fitted in well with St Patrick’s Day being last week (17th March).
Recently we caught up with the creative talents at York Settlement Community Players to talk about their latest production. “The Mai, is a daring, heart-wrenching, funny and bold play, full of women, written by a woman and directed by a woman”, says Beryl Nairn who plays the title role. It is perfectly suited then for its participation in York International Women’s Week Festival. Beryl also told us what makes The Mai such an enticing production, her thoughts on York as a creative centre and her biggest influences.