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Ned Kelly’s Mother (Neil Cole)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2022

Ned Kelly is an enduring, if controversial, historical figure. There’s no denying the romantic appeal of the noble outlaw, nor the harsh, oppressive conditions that birthed him. This informative play is a monologue from his mother Ellen, sharing the hardships of her life through stories of poverty, prejudice and desperation which are punctuated by Irish folk songs that range from rousing to poignant as her tale unfolds. Despite an endearingly passionate performance, the script is slightly lacking, and oddly repetitive. Coupled with an at times almost lecturing tone, this lends proceedings the feeling of a Wikipedia article with songs. Nevertheless, much like a good Wiki, I learned a thing or two, and I had a good time doing so.

C cubed, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]