No other screen actress has prompted so many plays, films, television series, songs and biographies which investigate her final hours in August 1962 - to this day Marilyn Monroe’s final hours are still the subject of countless conspiracy theories.
‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’ is Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: up close and personal and alone in her bedroom, in dressing gown and slippers; no glitz, no glamour, no masks.
Overdosed on pills the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and bares all, revealing a biting intelligence, a frustrated talent and an imperfect body.
It is a stark confessional about her life, her failed marriages and her relations with the big names of Hollywood: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, John Huston, Groucho Marx, Marx and Howard Hughes.
Writer and director Elton Townend Jones paints a sympathetic portrait of Monroe who is played with verve and tireless energy by actress Lizzie Wort, the resemblance is uncanny and she gives a very convincing and emotive performance with her realistic American accent.
Her facial resemblance to Monroe is alone worth the admission for this Dyad Productions show.
‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’ is a radical interpretation of a much-loved Hollywood legend and leads us to the very moment of her death. The show is followed by a post-show discussion with actress Lizze Wort.
“Blonde and beautiful Marilyn Monroe, a glamorous symbol of the gay, exciting life of Hollywood, died tragically Sunday. Her body was found nude in bed, a probable suicide. She was 36. The star clutched a telephone in one hand. An empty bottle of sleeping pills was nearby” - The Associated Press, August 5, 1962.
‘The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe’ features at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, May 21st at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €15 (€12 concession).
Please call the box office on 0504 90204 or alternatively visit thesourceartscentre.ie.