News about Mary, her books and her plays.


Quartet of shorts, BREAKING FREE, ALL'S FAIR...,  A STROLL IN THE PARK, and THE DANCER IS THE DANCE,  currently being considered for production by companies in Birmingham, London and Dublin.




September 2011

ALL'S FAIR... was a resounding success playing to a capacity audience with over 100 disappointed punters turned away.


Mary's new play ALL'S FAIR ... will premier at The Old Joint Stock Theatre on Saturday 10th September 2011 at 3.00pm.  Zofja Zolna plays Elaine Felles and Simon Marriott  Michael O'Reilly in this snappy comedy  in which  the lovelorn Michael contrives to have the object of his desire accompany him and his football team on a trip from Birmingham to Dublin.  The production is framed by Kieran Graham's funky guitar playing.

Sunday 8th May catch Mary talking to Carl Chinn about her writing on Radio WM at 12.30pm.

View a performance of Breaking Free by clicking on Readings and follow the links.


"Game, set and match to the writer and players. An original, witty, well-scripted short is complimented by a passionate reading.  Breaking Free provokes favourable comparisons with Alan Bennett and Zofja Zolna serves up a delightfully scripted performance." 


"Breaking Free by Irish author and playwright Mary Rochford, who was in the audience was an absolute delight.  Largely a single hander, Zofja Zolna plays Nuala, a young Irish women, trapped watching a tennnis match at centre court Wimbledon, when her heart is really with how the Eire National Football Team are performing in a world cup finals match being played at the same time.  Beautiful and feisty, Zolna's performance is a veritable tour de force as, with only the umpire to keep her company, events unfold.  Her 'Meg Ryan' moment at the end - outdid Meg Ryan! The combination of her acting talents and Rochford's nuanced script was a  triumph."

Friday 4th February 2011 8.00pm. Catch premier of Mary's short play Breaking Free at Cafe Abri Cheapside Birmingham admission £3.


"I loved Niamh Takes Ulysses Home and found it an absorbing story with memorable characters.  I had a lot of sympathy with what Niamh was trying to achieve in overcoming her confusion and finding peace.  I loved the people she meet on her journey.  I was not sure from the title how Ulysses would be used in the story but it soon become obvious, and by the time I finished the book I felt I would like to have a go at reading it myself.  I loved the quirky Elizabeth.  She added extra humour and I thought stability for Niamh.  The reflections on childhood in Ireland are fasinating.  It is a thought provoking book.  Although there was confusion, loss and sadness in the story it was an optimistic book of a women searching for her identity and finding it.  Lovely!"

Viv Wheatley

"Niamh Takes Ulysses Home is an evocative and fulfilling read about one woman's journey with Joyce for company."   The Harp

For further reviews click on The Books and follow the link

Mary's new book Niamh Takes Ulysses Home is now available.

Gilded Shadows, Mary's collection of short stories, was a finalist in the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Awards.

Gilded Shadows was the winner of the Birmingham City Libraries' Book for Birmingham Award.