Myra's Story

Theatre (drama)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Ballroom
  • 12:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Northern Ireland
  • Group: Brian Foster Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


The story of middle-aged homeless alcoholic woman, Myra McLaughlin, living rough on the streets of Dublin. Between begging from passers-by, she recreates her backstory. Hilarious, harrowing, heartbreaking. You'll laugh with Myra. You'll cry with Myra. What you'll never do... is forget her. Audience reviews: 'Myra's Story is the most life-changing show I have ever seen'. 'Without doubt the finest piece of theatre it has been my privilege to see. Simply incredible'. 'Bring a big box of tissues with you to wipe away your tears of laughter and heartbreak. Best show I've seen in 35 years of theatre'.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Deirdre Gossage 27 days ago

A strong and powerful performance of a moving and thought-provoking play. It was undoubtedly one of the best things we saw at the festival this year.

Barbara Grant 30 days ago

Very moving story and a great performance. We felt this was very good theatre. Thank you

Kate Fraser 31 days ago

We came to this show yesterday & found it moving, funny ,& true to life.
I volunteer for Big Issue & am humbled & privileged on occasion to hear the stories of our lads & occasional lassies . I am staggered on occasion how our BI family members make it through a day never mind up to the present time.
"The beast "as Myra referred to starts as a friend ,willing to help comfort & forget whatever trial a person is going to but eventually becomes the only thing consuming every thought & second of a person's time.
Any of us could be Myra , though the humour, candour & unforgettable performance of Fionna would most likely not be matched ,were we in a similar situation .
I can only say BUY your ticket NOW. The show after today is sold out !
Brian ,your writing is superb. Hoping you have the chance to tell your story near & far .
Thankyou so much both.

Y. Piper 33 days ago

A great performance by Fiona Hewitt-Twamley. However I felt offended by the jokes made when Tina had a one night stand with a man from her local Chinese take away shop and gave birth to her “yellow” skinned baby, it was in a derogative way from its context I felt. One member of the audience said the show didn’t mean that, but imagine the whole audience are Chinese people and I think I will know how they will feel too! ****

John Dewhurst 35 days ago

Interesting to read the positive reviews of this play. When I saw the play some audience members gave it a standing ovation.
Whilst I can't fault the acting, I found the play to be contrived and I found myself unsympathetic to Myra's plight. She had a loving husband but preferred to seek the solace of the bottle when times were tough. If all women who suffered a cot death became homeless you would not be able to get down Grafton Street.
The actress at the end of the play described it as " a tough watch". It certainly was.

Angela Spencer 35 days ago

What an intensely moving piece of theatre. I defy anyone who has the privilege of seeing this performance to ever again hurry past a street homeless person. Raw and gut wrenching as well as hilarious. Outstanding script divinely delivered by Fiona.

Victor Stanton 37 days ago

Probably my favourite performance over a hectic 4 days. Totally immersive and moving and really captured the audience. Catch this if you can.

Jim Q 38 days ago

For the last 20 years, I’ve unequivocally said that Patrick Stewart gave the best one-person performance I’ve ever seen. Can’t say that anymore. Wow. A jaw-dropping performance of a fantastic script. I can’t recommend this enough.

Sheena Murray 38 days ago

I have never cried at a play but I did today. What a script and what a performance. This is the best I have seen at the festival for many years. Could go again.

Valerie Rainey 38 days ago

One of the strongest scripts played by one of the strongest performers I've ever seen.

Rachel Tipler 45 days ago

This was the best show we saw all weekend - Fiona was completely brilliant even with the sound issue she had - a true professional - we were laughing one minute and crying the next and she kept our attention fully throughout the full show - a brilliant performance - it showed what a fine line we all tread and how life change so quickly - a very human story - would make a brilliant film

Susannah Mears 46 days ago

What a brilliant actress Fiona Hewitt-Twamley is, playing the part of Myra, a typical Irish child/adult growing up in the Irish Catholic culture. True sadness but cry funny too! One of our top three shows out of 26 we've seen so far! A MUST! Make sure to meet the actor and writer after the show and pick up a signed copy of the first act of the play!

Olive McIntosh 47 days ago

A play that's story is gutsy and relevant in today's society. Funny one minute and heart breaking the next. It's not easy to carry an audience for 90 minutes but Myra does this with breathtaking ease and a powerful performance. We give this one ***** Not to be missed.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 39 days ago

Everybody knows Myra. Or, at least, everyone has walked past a Myra – someone whose life has fallen apart to the point that they are living on the streets, a shell of their former self. It is all too easy to hear the hacking cough, see the dirty fingernails and...

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