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Queen of Technicolour - The Story of Maureen O'Hara

Mar 12 2020
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The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin,
T: +353 1 4627477

A one woman show which reveals the life behind the limelight of Maureen O'Hara, Irish screen star of Hollywood's Golden Age. The 2020 national tour celebrates 100 years of Maureen O'Hara who was born on August 17th 1920. Not to be missed!

Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the legendary Maureen O’Hara’s onscreen roles often mirrored her true persona as a tough, feisty and courageous woman. O’Hara’s stunning looks led Hollywood to dub her the ‘Queen of Technicolor’.

The Irish actress, better known for her roles in The Quiet Man, Miracle on 34th Street and The Parent Trap played fiercely passionate but sensible heroines. She held her own alongside Hollywood's top leading men including long-time friend and frequent co-star John Wayne who deemed O’Hara the “greatest guy” he ever knew.

O’Hara worked within, what she called, a 'male dominated Hollywood system' and experienced first-hand the pressures of being a woman in such a cut-throat business. Known for her fiery temperament, Maureen was not afraid to speak up about the injustices that she witnessed. Maureen was quoted in The Mirror newspaper in 1945: “Because I don’t let the producer and director kiss me every morning or let them paw me they have spread word around town that I am not a woman — that I am a cold piece of marble statuary.” . A frontrunner of the #TimesUp movement, Maureen spoke out about the casting couch and made her sentiments clear: "I wouldn't throw myself on the casting couch, and I know that cost me parts. I wasn't going to play the whore. That wasn't me." Maureen O’ Hara represents strength, perseverance and intelligence. She is an icon, not only in Ireland, but all over the world.

Written and performed by Elaine O' Dwyer, the 2020 national tour of Queen of Technicolor – The Story of Maureen O’Hara celebrates 100 years of O'Hara who was born on August 17th 1920.

Witness how O'Hara navigated her way from humble Irish beginnings to reach the top of the Hollywood tree whilst remaining true to herself and steering clear of the dreaded casting couch.

Within a stream of chronological and flashback scenes, O’Dwyer portrays over twenty characters in this tour-de-force, taking the audience on an intimate journey with Maureen and revealing the real woman behind the limelight.

The vanity case used in the show is the original case which belonged to Maureen O’ Hara.