MARY LIVES! portrays the life of Mary Hardy whose career balanced precariously between popularity and notoriety. Always pushing the limits of acceptability and fighting the consequences, Frank Hardy shows us how his sister refused to kowtow to middle-of-the-road managements, provoking radio listeners with her radical views and pioneering bawdy female satire in the early days of television. Even her more serious stage work was characterised by a refusal to do what convention dictated. The play interweaves important public and private moments in Mary Hardy's career with a vast array of characters and much humour and music.