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The Making of Mollie 23 Feb - 16 Mar 2024

The Ark presents a bold new adaption for children aged 8+ by author Anna Carey of her first historical novel, The Making of Mollie.

In 1912 Dublin, 14-year-old Mollie Carberry’s life is pretty boring. That is, until she discovers that her older sister Phyllis is a secret suffragette! Mollie starts to realise just how unfair the world can be - and she wants to do something about it. When Mollie and her friend Nora get involved in the movement, they must face an important question: just how far should a girl go for her beliefs?

This charming and witty new play invites you to step into a very different time and join Mollie as she begins her journey to find her place in the world.

To find out more about the fantastic team behind The Making of Mollie, please download our online show programme here.

Relaxed Performances

There will be relaxed performances of The Making of Mollie on Friday 8 March @ 10.15am & 12.15pm and Saturday 9 March @ 2pm.

Relaxed performances are aimed at families or school groups with children who are on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities and will be tailored for the comfort of your child. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark. We will warn you of any loud noises and we will have a special chill-out area where your child can relax.

A relaxed performance information pack, with photographs and a synopsis of the play which may assist your child to prepare for the performance is available via the link below. For further information please contact The Ark on (01) 670 7788 or

Audio Description & Touch Tour

The performance on Saturday 16 March @ 4pm will be audio-described by Bríd Ní Ghruagáin, with a touch-tour available before the show at 3.15pm. To register for audio description or the touch tour, please email after you have booked your tickets for the show.

Audio description refers to additional narration for blind or visually impaired patrons of visual media (television, film, theatre, dance, opera, museums and art galleries). It is a form of audio-visual translation, using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert a narrative that transposes the visual image into a sense form that is accessible to millions of individuals who otherwise lack full access to these media.

Touch Tours are for children with visual impairment or those with additional sensory needs or access requirements who would benefit from a more supported, relaxed experience. Touch Tours give children the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the theatre and the show’s set before the performance begins. Touch Tours take place 45 minutes before the show, and run for 25-30 minutes.

Behind the Scenes...

Hear from author Anna Carey and a group of children who got an exclusive peek at rehearsals for The Making of Mollie.

Design a Poster, Flag or Banner

Do you have something important to say, or something you believe in that you want to stand up for? The suffragettes often used banners and flags to share their message during marches and protests. Why not design your own poster, flag or banner with some help from our free downloadable activity pack.