With Greystones On Her Side

Having conquered the town with her 5 sell-out shows , teacher-turned-comedian Jean Farrell is back with her Six Marys, her tales of survival in Catholic Ireland.

Having answered the divine calling to turn professional with her humour just a few months short of her 67th birthday, Jean Farrell is making up for lost time with a comedic look back at growing up in 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s Ireland.

Which, as anyone who grew up in 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s Ireland is ripe for comedy, having involved so much tragedy. And stupidity.

It was back in the 1980s that Jean Farrell first realised that she had the gift of the gag, this mother of three young children giving a talk to her pupils’ parents that quickly turned into a stand-up show. Simply recounting a family dinner that evening, and the protestations of her eldest over having lamb casserole having just cuddled one of our woolly little friends on a farm visit.

As the laughter in the room rose to a roar – right around the time Jean informed them she decided to eat her dinner out in the back yard – it was clear that a new profession was calling.

And you can find out how that particular divine intervention late in Jean’s life has proven to be divine inspiration too when she plays The Whale on Wednesday 29th May.


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