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The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

For two thousand years Mary has been silent. A woman seen but not heard. Until now.

This Mary is no saint, not meek, nor obedient. In a voice that is both tender and furious, she speaks a defiant truth.

Years after his death, men are compelling Jesus’ mother to agree their official record, their version of the truth. They call him the Messiah, a miracle worker, the man who conquered death. They are relentless, but she is steadfast.

He was her only son. His blood was spilled. She will write her own Gospel on her own terms.

Recounting memories of Jesus’ last days, Mary brings her powerful maternal perspective to a very complex and human story of sacrifice. At the core of this performance beats the heart of a woman grieving an unbearable loss. The question is, was it worth it?

Penned by one of the world’s greatest living novelists, this is a profound, poetic and immensely thoughtful reimagining of one of Western cultures’ foundational narratives. Irish writer Colm Tóibín has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize on three occasions. Most recently, in 2013, for The Testament of Mary, now adapted for the stage.

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