Laverty’s life of Full and Plenty

Saturday 29, Belltable, 8pm.

THOUSANDS of households in Ireland of the 1960s and ’70s (certainly ours) grew up on the contents of cookery bible ‘Full and Plenty’. Its friendly red and blue cover held within many illustrations, photographs and recipes for yummy food by writer, agony aunt, broadcaster and cook, Maura Laverty.

She was a woman’s woman light years ahead of her time and she toured the country.

An affectionate and funny tribute to her, ‘Maura Laverty – This WAS Your LIFE’ comes to Belltable for one night only, this Saturday 29 at 8pm.

Talented theatre maker Bairbre Ní Chaoimh is up for this hot mix herself, working on stage with Malachy McKenna as host.

“She will cook recipes from her iconic cookbook ‘Full And Plenty’ and talk about her rollercoaster life,” reports the Belltable’s programmer, Marketa Dowling. “The host will get her to reveal some of her darker secrets and the price she paid for her success. Fifty years after her death, how will a contemporary audience evaluate her recipes and her tumultuous life?”

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Laverty truly was a legend . . . she wrote three plays in the 1950s and she also penned racy novels that were banned by the censor.

Everything to love, for the weekend.