Myra's Story: a play

Sep 27, 2016 - 7:00 to 8:30
Garden Stage, Waterloo campus Library

Join us at the new Library Garden Stage (just outside the Second Cup at Laurier's Waterloo campus Library) for our inaugural theatrical performance.

Free event, all welcome (note: contains mature themes and strong language)

Please RSVP to help us estimate numbers.

Bring blankets, warm clothing, snacks, and whatever else you would wear outdoors on a September evening. In the event of poor weather, we will move the performance into the new Robert Langen Art Gallery on the main floor of the Library.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of SIVC Laurier for this production.

The following local charitable organizations have endorsed the play: House of Friendship, YWCA, FoodBank of Waterloo Region, Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG), Supportive Housing Of Waterloo (SHOW), OneROOF, Lutherwood, Rotary International.


In Myra's Story, a Canadian production of the hit Irish play, Myra, a homeless "wine connoisseur," shares her hilarious and powerful story with street-smart style, wry wit and brutal honesty.

Audiences will both laugh and cry with Myra — often at the same time — as she recounts her adventures, becoming the characters who have shaped her life, from her irascible father and idealistic husband, to her neighbours: Tina the Tap, Big Bridie and Jimmy the Tadpole.

Myra’s story will strike a chord with almost everyone in one way or another. Myra begins her narrative as she recovers from a raucous celebration of her 48th birthday, reflecting on her attempt to escape what her father calls “the beast” by marrying at 16 and beginning a new life with her beloved Tommy McLaughlin.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, Myra’s Story portrays a day in the life of a destitute Dublin drinker as she begs for money from passers-by. Jumping from character to colourful character, Myra Hennessey explains how she came to arrive at her present state with street-smart style, wry wit and brutal honesty.

This event is a presentation of the Library story exchange project. Leveraging the Library’s special role as a pan-university, community-accessible space, the story exchange is a new kind of incubator for storytellers, artists and creative makers in all media, their supporters and fans. Learn more