The Making of Mollie Cast Announcement

The Ark is delighted to reveal the five fantastic performers who will make up the cast of The Making of Mollie, a bold new adaption for children aged 8+ by author Anna Carey of her first historical novel.

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.

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?

Ashleigh Dorrell plays Mollie

Ashleigh Dorrell

Ashleigh is an actor from Limerick based in Dublin. She is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting.

Theatre credits include Theodora Feltliner in the National Tour of Theatre Lovett’s The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Mae in Ciara Elizabeth Smyth’s award winning ‘All Honey’, Brigit in Katie McCann’s ‘The Grimm Tale of Cinderella’, Lydia Languish in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s, ‘The Rivals’, Sarah Walters in Ian Toner’s award winning ‘Animalia’.

Film credits include Nightshift by Steve Hall and Greenflash Pictures (Archstone Distribution), Amy on the Balcony’ by Keith Jordan, directed by Jeda de Brí, Balor Hall by Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair (RTE Storyland) and ‘Ghosted’ by Sarah-Jane Scott, directed by Jeda de Brí.

Éyum-Priscilla plays Phyllis

Éyum-Priscilla

Éyum-Priscilla is thrilled to make her acting debut in The Making of Mollie. She recently graduated from Drama Studio London receiving a BA in professional acting. Her recent credits while training include Frantic Assmbly’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, directed by Jess Williams were she played the role of Bertha. Éyum-Priscilla is truly grateful that she gets to portray Phyllis and explore the world of a suffragette in 1912 Dublin.

When she’s not acting Éyum-Priscilla enjoys, poetry, writing, and sign language classes, she’s just started level one!”

Ian Toner plays Harry

Ian Toner

Ian trained at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.

Stage credits include The Making of Mollie (The Ark), Describe The Night, Good Sex, Staging The Treaty (Anu), The Treaty by Colin Murphy, Gym Swim Party, Hugh Travers’ brand new play These Stupid Things, the leading roles of Brendan Bracken & William Joyce in Double Cross at the Peacock Theatre, the role of Jimmy Porter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin, production of Look Back in Anger directed by Annabelle Comyn, Wild Sky directed by Jo Mangan and appeared in At The Ford (Rise Productions) at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Other stage appearances include Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Tom in The Vortex directed Annabelle Comyn, both at the Gate Theatre and Bennett in Punk Rock at the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

Upcoming screen credits include The Commoner, The Spin, The Dry S2, Clean Up Crew alongside Antonio Banderas, MOTHER: Welcome to the Occupied States and Os Papéis do Inglês for Leopardo Filmes Portugal.

Niamh McAllister plays Nora

Niamh Branigan

Niamh is from Bangor, County Down. She is recently graduated with a BA in Acting from The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.

Theatre credits include The Making of Mollie (The Ark), The Hen Do (GBL Prod), Romeo and Juliet (The Mill Theatre), New Fish (Smock Alley Theatre) & Blackout (Lyric Theatre).

Niamh wrote and directed her first comedy short film 'Dead on Arrival' which will be due for festival release in 2024. She is a member of the all female comedy improv troupe ‘Broad Strokes’.

Niamh appeared in the TV series Three Families (BBC 1) and in the feature film Nocebo directed by Lorcan Finnegan opposite Eva Greene.

Rowan Finken plays Frank

Rowan Finken

Rowan is originally from west Cork and is a graduate of The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art in association with RADA and Trinity College Dublin. He most recently appeared on stage in EASTLAND, directed by the acclaimed Anne Bogart, produced by The Collective at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Other recent theatre credits for Rowan include Rough Magic’s THE TEMPEST, as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival in the role of Ferdinand and STAGING THE TREATY, for Anú.

The Making of Mollie is directed by Sarah Baxter and runs at The Ark from 23 Feb - 16 March 2024. Find out more about the show and book tickets here.