CHAROLAIS by Noni Stapleton

Fishamble: The New Play Company presented CHAROLAIS by Noni Stapleton as a special one-off performance at Axis Ballymun and a four-week run at 59E59 Theatres in New York City in 2017. 


Written and performed by Noni Stapleton
Directed and developed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Stage Manager at axis Ballymun: Mags O’Donoghue
Stage Manager at 59E59 Theaters: Becca Pickett
Lighting Designer: Tara Doolan
Costume Designer: Miriam Duffy
Sound Designer: Jack Cawley
Produced by Eva Scanlan

AXIS BALLYMUN: Friday 25th August 2017
59E59 THEATERS, New York: 29th August – 24th September 2017

A surreal, black comedy of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. Set on a farm in rural Ireland, Siobhan is forced to share the affections of her farmer boyfriend with the other women in his life – a sneering mother-in-law figure, and a sexy French cow. This is a muddy place of simmering desire, mixing the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex.

Reviews and Awards for CHAROLAIS:

WINNER Little Gem Award – Dublin Fringe Festival
WINNER Best Monologue Bouquet – Edinburgh Fringe
WINNER Stewart Parker Award

“Not since Edward Albee’s The Goat or Woody Allen’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Too Afraid to Ask), has there been a more complicated, interspecies love triangle.” Irish Times

“A fast paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair.” Irish Times

“A Stapleton is a joy to watch…a charming piece of theatre…a truly enjoyable show.” Public Reviews

“All Gallic sexiness, luxuriating in a French accent, and conveying what an unsophisticated Irish girl might not otherwise be able to.” Irish Examiner

“A sweet treat…steamy with activity in the cowshed…Charolais is all heart.” Edinburgh 49


Developed as part of Show In A Bag, an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors. 

Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.