After winning National Westminster Playwrights Awards for her plays “Little Secrets” and “Catfood”, both performed at The Soho Theatre London, Maria decided that perhaps it was time to share more of her writing
“I’ve always written and had piles of scripts in plastic bags hiding in my cupboards. After winning the National Westminster Playwrights awards I suddenly started hearing them knocking on the cupboard doors and pleading to come out.”
Award winning Krazy Kat Theatre Company performed her work in “What’s The Difference?” directed by Noel Greig, which toured schools in the South East. This was followed by a project sponsored by Free2BMe, directed by Darren Cheek and addressing homophobia for young adults in London.
Current plays in performance and projects in production:
ON A WICKLOW HILL – MARCH 2020
A force far greater than fate or destiny pushes two total strangers to cross paths one day on a Wicklow Hill. Whilst overlooking the magical Luggala Valley and mysterious Lough Tay (aka The Guinness Lake), time stands still in more ways than one. Separate lives are lived through one day with moving, sometimes humorous and very unexpected consequences …
The new play by Maria McAteer premieres on March 17th at the London Irish Centre. Directed by Karen Spicer and performed by Darren Cheek and Maria McAteer.
MY FRIEND LESTER – Ongoing
A musical drama exploring the enigmatic relationship between Billie Holiday and her favourite saxophonist, Lester Young. Directed by Karen Spicer, this two-hander enjoyed sold out runs at The Malborough Theatre, The Jive Monkey and The Dukebox Theatre Brighton in 2015.
In 2016 “My Friend Lester” returned to the Brighton Festival with a live band, to celebrate Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday. This augmented version received five star reviews. In 2017 there were performances at the Merlin Theatre Frome, Wightman Theatre Shrewsbury and Jermyn Street Theatre London.
For press, booking & more information visit www.myfriendlester.com
THE GUINNESS GIRL- 2018
Sometimes Life Isn’t just Black & White, It’s also Green And Gold!
The semi autobiographical story of a mixed race girl searching for her identity within the world of Irish dance, “The Guinness Girl” premiered at The London Irish Centre in March 2019 as part of its St Patrick’s day celebrations.
ONE LAST LOOK – 2018
On what appears to be a simple night in, a man and a woman find themselves having to make bigger decisions than most could contemplate.
After previewing at The Garage Theatre, in the Horse & Groom pub, St Leonards-on-sea in April 2018 this stunning thriller was presented to sold-out audiences at the London Irish Centre in August, as part of The Camden Fringe 2018.
THE BEES MOUTH- 2014-15
“The Bees Mouth” a nail biting thriller about two strangers locked in the basement of a bar, had two successful runs in Brighton’s Fringe. The play, produced by Brighton Beam Theatre Co, prompted members of the public in another parts of the venue to call for the police as they believed the cries for help from the actors performing were real!