Young Mary


‘Congratulations, well researched, excellent presentation, we loved the way you had the children involved.’

St. Joseph’s, Pinjarra, WA

‘Students were enthralled, they absolutely loved it!’

Sacred Heart, Launceston, TAS

‘Lively and entertaining, the most interesting version of Mary Mackillop’s life we’ve heard yet! Excellent discussion at the end. Thank you.’

St. John Vianney’s, Doonside, NSW

‘I congratulate the performers. Excellent research, enthusiastic, skilled, warm actors. Kept the children enthralled.’

St. Anthony’s Parish, Marsfield NSW

‘Historical input accurate and suitable, presenting Mary Mackillop as a person. Congratulations to the performers, who were excellent and very professional.’

St. Joseph’s, Riverwood, NSW

Young Mary

performed by Starrs Productions


Trisha Starrs has been writing and directing plays for school students for the last 20 years. The two actors performing this production are both drama graduates and have extensive experience in theatre and working with young people.


St Mary MacKillop was determined, compassionate and steadfast even as a child. This play introduces us to Young Mary and we participate in her many fun filled and spirited childhood adventures. We have lots of fun playing games with Mary, and hearing about her pet cow Blorac and her dad Alexander. Then, as she grows, we bear witness to the determination of a hard working young woman who sets out to eliminate poverty and provide a fair education for all.

The play is funny and entertaining and involves the audience in lots of acting and moral decision making. Young Mary’s humour and compassion helps the audience enjoy and understand St Mary MacKillop, whilst appreciating her famous quote;

“Never see a need without trying to do something about it.”

Years K-6
55 minutes (+ optional 15 minutes discussion)
$6.00 + 60c GST
$660 ($600+ $60 GST if less than 100 students)
3x3 metre performing area, access to power