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Monday, February 25, 2013

Canada's favourite political satirist Mary Walsh stars in Dancing with Rage

Dancing With Rage - Mary Walsh
Performances begin March 5 at the Panasonic Theatre

Canadian actress, comedienne and social activist Mary Walsh unleashes her rage to do battle on a grand scale at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto with her latest production of Dancing With Rage.

Mary has created a new show that incorporates all the characters she has played over the years, including the infamous warrior princess, Marg Delahunty, with her armour-plated breasts and razor-sharp wit to “cut through all the BS.” Outrageous, original and totally honest, Dancing With Rage will have you jumping for joy.

Hailing from St. John’s, NL, Mary Walsh was an original member of the infamous CODCO sketch comedy series, which ran on CBC Television from 1987 to 1992.  In 1992, she began to work with Rick Mercer and former CODCO co-stars Cathy Jones and Greg Thomey to create the highly acclaimed series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, where Mary’s Warrior Princess character, Marg Delahunty became famous for buttonholing politicians and submitting them to satirical interviews.  On October 24, 2011 Mary Walsh was once again in the spotlight as she reprised the role of Marg Delahunty, conducting an ambush interview of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his home, after which Mr. Ford’s reaction and alleged verbal abuse directed at a 911 operator made national headlines.  Mary Walsh is the recipient of 25 Gemini awards, the Order of Canada Award and in 2012 she received a Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

A woman beginning to go blind, finally starts to see. A mother who travels across the country to find her lost child, rediscovers the child she has always had.  A little girl who is always searching for her place in the world, finds that she’s already there.  Dancing with Rage follows all their stories while summoning the help of some familiar faces - Marg Delahuntey, a Warrior Princess; Dakey Dunn; Miss Eulalia Turpin; Mom Reardon; Connie Bloor. Mary will navigate the rage brought on by pop culture, politics and capitalism while taking on her vibrant and constantly emerging characters. By incorporating current events, each performance of Dancing with Rage will be fresh, exciting and always up to the minute.

MARY WALSH - Biography
Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Mary Walsh's first job in show business was working as a summer replacement radio announcer for the CBC. Through that position, she was offered a part in a local play and then joined the Newfoundland Travelling Theatre Company (NTTC), where she worked with Andy Jones, Cathy Jones, Tommy Sexton, Greg Malone, Robert Joy and Diane Olsen.  Afterwards, she moved to Toronto to take acting at Ryerson, then joined her former NTTC collaborators in a play called Cod on a Stick performed at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille. The play was such a hit that CBC brought them back to St. John's to record it for radio in 1974. They then named their company Codco (for Cod Company) and toured nationally, and internationally until 1976.  Walsh made her TV debut in 1977 writing and starring in the CBC miniseries The Root Seller. In 1979, Walsh starred in the CBC miniseries Up at Ours. In 1981, she joined The Wonderful Grand Band, both on television, and on a national tour. In 1986, Walsh and the other members of Codco wrote and starred in their own self-titled series on CBC.  During this time, Walsh was also the artistic director for the Resource Centre for the Arts, directing, and appearing in such hugely popular collective creations as Terras de Bacchalau, Makin’ Time with the Yanks… As well as making the occasional film appearance, including Mike Jones' Secret Nation, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the 1992 Atlantic Film Festival.  In 1992 Walsh created a new show called This Hour Has 22 Minutes for Salter Street Films and the CBC. A satirical take on current affairs, it was a big hit within Canada. Since its 1992 debut, it has not been off the air, winning numerous Gemini and Canadian Comedy awards. Walsh has also won two Gemini awards (one for writing, one for performance) for her new series, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which debuted in 2005.  Having appeared in many feature films such as New Waterford Girl (1999, for which she received a Genie nomination), Violet (2000), Mambo italiano (2003) and Geraldine's Fortune (2004), Walsh decided to step behind the camera with a script she'd co-written-the dark comedy Young Triffie (2007). Walsh also appears in the film as Millie Bishop. In 2009 she starred in Crackie which garnered her another Genie nomination. Walsh appears in The Grand Seduction starring Brendan Gleeson now filming in 2012.

Walsh has been ubiquitous on Canadian television including numerous recent appearances on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, that recently included one that caused a sensation when she ambushed the Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford. She has appeared diversely in both drama and comedy in such series as the award winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching that she both wrote and starred in, Mary Walsh: Open Book, DaVinci: The Quality of Life, and as a guest star on the 300th episode of  Royal Canadian Air Farce  (as Marg Delahunty), Murdoch Mysteries, The Wind In The Willows for Masterpiece Theatre on the BBC, the very first episode of The Republic Of Doyle as Miranda Cahill, The Duchess of George Street and many more.  Walsh has honorary degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Trent University, McGill University, University of Prince Edward Island, and Mount Saint Vincent University. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and in 2012 she received a Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Dancing with Rage
March 5 - 24, 2013 
Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tuesday through to Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.  
Tickets - $25 - $79 - are available by calling 416-872-1212 / 1-800-461-3333 or online at www.mirvish.com.  Groups call 416-593-4142.

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