Pavilion Theatre, Ireland

New Plays @ Pavilion Theatre- Striking Back

Adapted by Kellie Hughes and Matthew Spangler based on the book by Mary Manning and Sinéad O’Brien.

New Plays @ Pavilion Theatre will now be presented as three online events. Each reading will be filmed at Pavilion Theatre without a live audience. All ticketholders will be contacted soon by Box Office with more details.

As part of Dublin Theatre Festival, Pavilion Theatre will present three new plays in rehearsed readings by established playwrights and directors.

Striking Back is the inspiring, true story of anti-apartheid striker Mary Manning, who, with nine other young workers in Dunnes Stores, Henry Street, refused to handle South African products in 1984.

Based on the book of the same name by Mary Manning and Sinead O'Brien, Striking Back is a new play by Kellie Hughes and Matthew Spangler.

Their actions led to a strike that lasted nearly three years (1984-87), igniting an international, grass-roots movement that stood up to powerful interests and contributed to the fall of the South African apartheid government.

Striking Back shows that each of us has the power to change the world.

This event will include a reading of extracts from the new play Striking Back and a discussion with Mary Manning and Sinéad O’Brien, moderated by Catriona Crowe.


Please Note: The text contains depictions of racism


Developed with funding from Pavilion Theatre’s Patron Donation Award.

Supported by The Arts Council's Project Award.

Directed by Kellie Hughes

Based on the book by Mary Manning and Sinéad O'Brien.

Cast: Amy Conroy, Caitriona Ennis, Camille Lucy Ross, Nichola MacEvilly, Clare Monnelly


Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


Sun 11 Oct, 8pm

Duration: Approx. 70 mins