Siobhán McKenna and Maureen Potter are relishing their roles as murderous old ladies in the black comedy 'Arsenic and Old Lace' at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

For the first time ever, actors Siobhan McKenna and Maureen Potter are working together on a professional basis in the Joseph Kesselring black comedy ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre. Directed by William Chappell, the production is part of the 1985 Dublin Theatre Festival. The cast includes Jonathan Ryan as Mortimer Brewster.

While one actor is known as a tragedienne and the other a comedienne, Maureen Potter finds similarities between herself and Siobhán McKenna.

We are both performers and entertainers.

The actors are enjoying their outrageous roles in what they describe as a good, entertaining old-style play. Maureen Potter is more accustomed to solo work with audience participation, but she is relishing working as part of a team with other actors.

Slightly terrified but delighted.

Equally, Siobhán McKenna is enjoying working with Maureen Potter,

I’m having great fun.

According to William Chappell ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ written in 1939 is a very experimental play for its time.

I think it’s the blackest of all the comedies that have ever been written.

This is believed to be the first professional production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ in Dublin since 1957. This production also at the Gaiety Theatre was directed by Hilton Edwards.

This episode of ‘Exhibit A’ was broadcast on 2 October 1985.