Once A Catholic
Produced by Special Arrangement with Origin Theatrical Australia  
By Mary O’Malley 
Directed by Anthony Brown


This extremely funny comedy based on the author's school days in a London convent does not necessarily finish the title phrase with "always a Catholic." Rather, this play, a celebrated prize-winner and a critical success, is about the resilience of children to survive in spite of, not because of, their upbringing and indoctrination.
All the girls in Class 5A are called Mary (apart from one Maria). One, an innocent who has not yet learned the gentle art of deception, finds herself the perpetual scapegoat. The author concentrates principally on the amusing ways the girls deal with the dogma constantly pumped into them. Hilarious moments have a more serious underlying theme: how true does much of this remain today?


Mother Thomas Aquinas

A tall, thin, fairly young and very refined Irish nun with spectacles. Headmistress of the Convent of Our Lady of Fatima. Aged anywhere between 25 to 100.

Mother Peter

A tall, fat, middle-aged Irish teaching nun. 

Mother Basil

A short, fat, elderly Irish teaching nun.

Mary Mooney

A 5th former. She is plain and scruffy and has ginger hair, freckles and a very good soprano singing voice.

Aged between 15 to 18.

Mary McGinty

A well-developed, blonde and pretty 5th-former. Aged between 15 to 18.

Mary Gallagher

A sensible, attractive, dark-haired 5th-former. Aged between 15 to 18.

Father Mullarkey

An Irish Priest. Aged anywhere between 25 to 100.

Mr. Emanuelli

A very old Music Master, non-specifically foreign. He has white hair down to his shoulders,

a bandage on one leg, two walking sticks and a baritone voice.


A tall, thin Teddy boy in his late teens.


A Catholic 6th-former with a fairly bad case of acne. Aged between 15 to 20.

Pupils of Form 5A:
Mary O’Grady - Aged between 15 to 18.
Mary Murphy - Aged between 15 to 18.
Mary Hennessy - Aged between 15 to 18.
Mary Flanagan - Aged between 15 to 18.


7th, 14th & 21st March at 7pm (21st at 2pm & 7pm)

and will be staged at John Lees Centre,15 Evan Street, Penrith.


Tuesday, 10th September 2019

at John Lees Centre, Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith
(by appointment only).


Applicants should note that reading the play prior to their audition would be highly advantageous.

An audition piece will be given to every auditionee.

It is expected that the auditionee will learn the lines of the audition piece and

present it on an agreed date with the director.
We are looking for high standard of performance for each of the roles.
A rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries made by an auditionee.
It is a clever idea to come to auditions in character, dress/shoes/hair,

anything that you feel is appropriate for the role you are seeking.

An audition piece will be sent out from Anthony once an audition time slot has been sorted.

For further information or to book an audition time,

please email Anthony at: