Porcelain at The Abbey Theatre

A new play by Margaret Perry, Porcelain weaves past and present, myth and fact to explore the parallel stories of two Irish women.

Tipperary, 1895. Bridget Cleary’s not feeling quite herself. Her husband believes she has been taken by fairies and a changeling left in her place, with devastating consequences.

London, 2017. Hat is a new mother. She has a great life. So why does she want to disappear?

The real-life tragedy of Bridget Cleary provides a harrowing backdrop to a modern-day thriller.


Margaret Perry – writer of Porcelain

Margaret Perry is a playwright from Cork. She has a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork, an MA in Dramatic Writing from Central St Martins and she spent a year studying Creative Writing on a scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. Her previous plays include Goose Chase (Granary Theatre), Icarus (Theatre Upstairs/ Bunker Theatre), Turf (Kings Head Theatre) and Collapsible (The Miniaturists/MGC Futures bursary). Porcelain is her first full-length professional production. Margaret Perry submitted Porcelain to the Abbey Theatre’s New Work Department as an unsolicited script in June 2017. The Abbey theatre are thrilled to be producing it less than a year later.


Cathal Cleary – Director of Porcelain

Cathal is the Artistic Director of MOMMO Theatre. He was the first Trainee Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse from 2014 – 2016. He won the 2011 JMK Director’s Award.

Theatre as director includes Porcelain (Abbey), Trestle (Southwark Playhouse), The Half Of It (Dublin Fringe, First Fortnight Award), Furniture (Druid Debuts), Disco Pigs (Young Vic, JMK Award, and UK & Irish Tour), Women Of Troy (Mountview), The Last Yankee (Print Room), Appointment in Limbo (Dublin Fringe), The Factory Girls, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Town Hall Galway).

Theatre as associate director includes The Vote (Donmar/More4).

Theatre as assistant director includes The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), Privates on Parade (MGC), Timon of Athens and Detroit (National Theatre), The Believers (Frantic Assembly), Twisted Tales (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic).

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