Recently nominated for a Stewart Parker Trust Award and for Best New Play and Best Actress at the 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards. Recently awarded the Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Artist Bursary at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and a Stewart Parker Trust Development Bursary
Axis Ballymun proudly presents:
Charlie is a kleptomaniac – the doctor told her. Reckons it stems from childhood trauma. But she has the robbin’ completely under control these days. For real.
She has a bit of a mouth on her, but she’s only trying to be funny, give everyone a laugh, not cause trouble, like. Not today, of all days. She loves that little boy more than she ever thought it was possible to love another human. There’s a lot riding on these 24 hours, and if she keeps her head down, she’ll get him back.
Everyone has a story to tell… but there’s a time and a place. This is neither. Follow Charlie, the queen of self-sabotage as she tries desperately – for once in her life – to keep her mouth shut long enough to make it count.
A fast-paced, poignant and funny play about motherhood, messing up and doing your best to make it up.
Three times Irish Times Irish Theatre award-nominated actor and writer Clare Monnelly is known on stage and screen for roles with Druid Theatre Co, The Abbey Theatre, Axis Ballymun, The Gate Theatre, Livin’ Dred Theatre Co and many more, as well as Moone Boy (Seasons 1 – 3), Identicals (2015) Electric Frank (1998) and Nowhere Fast, a new RTÉ2 female-led comedy created by Alison Spittle. In 2018 Clare was awarded the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist Bursary at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards. She is currently using this award to develop new work in partnership with Axis. Clare was also recently awarded a special development bursary at this year’s Stewart Parker Trust Awards. 2
“What’s striking about actor/writer Clare Monnelly’s new play, a monologue, is that while single motherhood has lost its social stigma, it still resonates with lonely echoes from the past. Charlie (Monnelly), a twenty-something Dubliner in track suit and hooped earrings, is desperate to get her son back from the social services. Reminiscent of the violent, liminal turf of Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie, Monnelly presents a sharply observed, female take, conjuring up her troubled past and chaotic present to haunt the stage” – The Sunday Times
“While the play works primarily as a comedy … the play raises questions around single parenthood; the state’s role in supporting young parents and the scrutiny that people from poorer socio economic backgrounds are subject to. These are salient questions, yet couched nicely within a play that has a lightness of touch and a big heart” – NoMoreWorkHorse
“The stage is bare, but Monnelly’s performance is all that is required. Charlie is of course the star, firing off sentences full of scorn, humour, and tenderness. The dialogue is crisp and tight, crammed with pop culture references, and with an evident love of language” – The Reviews Hub
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“Charlie’s a Clepto was the first theatre piece I programmed in Droichead. I was conscious that this was a new play, by a female writer, and this is something I knew I wanted to champion as part of my programme.. I wanted to go against the grain, and programme a new piece by a unknown writer.. I wanted to prove that this could work outside of Dublin.. and it did.
It’s a powerful piece that packs a punch, and my audience (we had 60% of full capacity) loved it. The play, the performance, the heart. Programming this play, showed me I could take risks with the theatre programme, and introduce new works by unknown writers, and this is something I have continued to do with my audience. I am especially happy that this was an unknown female writers, and this is something I look at when I programme, I constantly ask myself where are the women? I would have no hesitation in programming this play again, and would love if it would revisit Droichead as part of the tour… Working with Axis was a pleasure, from marketing, press, and overall tour management, and I would love to further develop a partnership with this centre.” – Collette Farrell, Director, Droichead Theatre
Great writing and so well performed – hilarious and poignant, wonderful pathos – your heart absolutely went out to Charlie. EVERYone thoroughly enjoyed it – lots of laughter – lots of eyes welling up – great chat & feedback afterwards incl. a friend who worked for Barnardos, found it really moving; she absolutely recognised Charlie and her situation, the sense of being trapped by those family / social influences and fighting for everything she needed to get by for a better life“
Michelle de Forge, Director, Dunamaise Arts Centre.