Home Sweet Home

Written & performed by Mary-Frances Doherty


Home Sweet Home is a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of a young girls journey and desperate quest to entertain.  With cakes at the ready, Mary-Frances Doherty dazzles in this compelling, and at times extremely painful, exploration of the idea of home.


There are three sections to the play: The first looks at Mary-Frances' childhood, growing up in a traditional country Irish home as the youngest of 12, and what her and her 8 sisters and 3 brothers used to do to entertain their guests. The second is about her Dad, the memories she has of him, and her struggle with his illness and eventual death. And the third is about her being a young woman and wanting to have a Home Sweet Home of her own.


Running Time: Approx. 40 minutes



Available for touring! 

Full length video of the performance available on request

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The Guide Liverpool Fringe 2018

‘Best of The Fringe’


Best New Writing

Best Female Performer


Best Design


Theatre Festival 2016


'Doherty, in party dress and with a table arrayed with a dozen cakes, induces the audience to join her in choruses of Caledonia and Total Eclipse of the Heart, commences a brief flurry of Irish dancing and intersperses it all with revealing glimpses of a difficult childhood. Whisky is gulped back and the beautiful cakes and strawberries bludgeoned to crumbs and smeared to juice in a temper tantrum

that belies her breezy assertion of everything being fine

and that sure, she can't complain.'


The Scotsman

Previous Performances:

Ballyclare Creative Shop

Big Telly Theatre Company 

Performance Installation

Saturday 12th August 2018 at 11am-3pm

81 Renshaw, Liverpool

The Guide Liverpool Fringe 

Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 9pm 

Elektra Theatre, New York

Times Square Arts Centre


Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 7pm

(Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)


Elektra Theatre, New York

Times Square Arts Centre


Wednesday 14th September 2016 at 7pm


Cunshendall Golf Club

Friday 26th August 2016 at 9pm


Drama at Randal's 

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend

Saturday 30th April 2016 at 8pm


The Old Parliament House, Singapore

The Arts House 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday 5th April 2014 at 2pm


Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th June 2010 at 9pm


The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

Ballymena Community Arts Festival 2010

Saturday 10th April 2010 at 8pm


The Arches, Glasgow

Tuesday 17th November 2009 at 7.30pm


OMAC (Old Museum Arts Centre), Belfast

Pick ‘n Mix Festival 2009

An Interactive Durational Performance

Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June 2009