‘Why do you break our bones when God sculpted them with love.’
Exploring a part of Irish history that is too often hidden and riddled with shame, Ceara Dorman’s one-woman play UNVEILED brings the harrowing stories of the Magdalene Laundries to life through five characters who embody the different forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse experienced by countless Irish women at the hands of the Catholic Church: Mother Ignatius, the callous, domineering head nun of the Good Shepherd Convent; Theresa, a survivor of the laundries who has been heavily institutionalised by Mother Ignatius’ abuse; Immaculata, a rebellious 17 year old whose fury fuels her fight for freedom; Rose, who is deceived by the nuns into giving up her baby; and Mairead, a timid orphan who has grown up with no concept of life outside reformatories.
‘Unveiled is a compelling, unflinching play that gives closure to those who suffered, and brings shame to those who allowed it to happen.’
‘While we may not know their names, Dorman makes sure that we know their pain. In each role, Dorman is a stellar force. She commands her stage and task at hand without showing any signs of hesitation or weakness.’
Beth Blakemore (The Student Newspaper)