Show In A Bag

Show In A Bag 2016

Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors. The first Show in a Bag initiative was established in 2010 to facilitate the creation of five new small scale, tourable shows which would highlight the talents and skills of performers making work for the Dubin Fringe Festival.

Looking Deadly (Niamh & Keith)Looking Deadly by Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton
Directed by Amy Conroy

Preview Sep 12 @ 18:00
Dates Sep 13 @ 20:00 / Sep 15 @ 13:00 / Sep 16 @ 18:00 / Sep 17 @ 20:00 / Sep 19 @ 13:00 / Sep 21 @ 13:00 / Sep 23 @ 13:00

A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral.

Yeah it’s sad… but ya know what’ll help with that? Kind words, hang sangwiches, a glass of warm porter, milky tea, a bad ballad, a snog with that cousin you know you shouldn’t fancy and a fight over who thought more of the dearly departed. Now you’re ready for the three day wake!

Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace… Eventually.

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The_Humours_of_Bandon (Mags McAuliffe)The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner

Preview Sep 13 @ 13:00
Dates Sep 14 @ 18:00 / Sep 15 @ 20:00 / Sep 17 @ 13:00 / Sep 18 @ 18:00 / Sep 19 @ 20:00 / Sep 22 @ 18:00 / Sep 24 @ 13:00

“Rat tat tat tata dum diddli dee dum dum dumb…LOUDER! Don’t be afraid of that floor!”

From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood sweat and tears that pave the way to the first place podium. For two sisters in Dublin, Irish dancing is everything and nothing.

Margaret Mc Auliffe (Digging for Fire, Jezebel) examines the importance of coming first and why it matters.

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The_Wickedness_of_Oz (Kate Gilmore)The Wickedness of Oz by Kate Gilmore
Directed by Clare Maguire

Preview Sep 12 @ 20:00
Dates Sep 13 @ 18:00 / Sep 14 @ 20:00 / Sep 16 @ 13:00 / Sep 17 @ 18:00 / Sep 18 @ 13:00 / Sep 21 @ 18:00 / Sep 23 @ 18:00

“Sure what would you find there only yourself?”

Waking up to a picture of Emily Murray posing in a metallic two-piece on Bondi Beach sends Debbie McInerney’s day spiralling into a mire of self-doubt. Dipping in and out of reality, this tale of love and loss merges music, movement and visual art in a romantic exploration of potential not yet fulfilled.

A day in the life of a 21-year-old travel agent with a penchant for 1960s musicals.

“Time passes. Listen. Time passes.”

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To_Hell_in_a_Handbag (Helen & Jonathan)To Hell in a Handbag by Helen Norton & Jonathan White
Directed by Conor Hanratty

Preview Sep 12 @ 13:00
Dates Sep 14 @ 13:00 / Sep 15 @ 18:00 / Sep 16 @ 20:00 / Sep 18 @ 20:00 / Sep 19 @ 18:00 / Sep 22 @ 13:00 / Sep 24 @ 18:00

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism.

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money.

A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

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Previous Show In A Bag Plays

Show In A Bag 2015

Sure Thing

written and performed by Eric O’Brien and Jed Murray, directed by Tracy Ryan


Rebel Rebel

written and performed by Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara, directed by Louise Lowe


The Auld Fella

written and performed by Michael Glen Murphy, featuring Craig Connolly, directed by Karl Quinn


The Matador

written and performed by Shane O’Reilly, directed by Eoghan Carrick

Show In A Bag 2014


performed and written by Noni Stapleton, directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh


Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell

adapted and performed by Phelim Drew, directed by Michael Toumey


Dublin Oldschool

written by Emmet Kirwan, performed by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, directed by Phillip McMahon


The Centre of the Universe

Written and performed by John Doran, directed by John Morton

Show In A Bag 2013

Beowulf – The Blockbuster!

written and performed by Brian Burroughs, directed by David Horan


Counter Culture

written and performed by Katie O’Kelly, directed by Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox


Small Plastic Wars

written and performed by Pat McGrath, directed by Alan King


written by Gavin Kostick, Peter Daly, Steve Blount and Janet Moran, performed by Steve Blount and Janet Moran, directed by Peter Daly

Show In A Bag 2012

Black Wednesday

written by Gavin Kostick, performed by Dee Burke, directed by Dan Coley



written and performed by Maria McDermottroe and Marion O’Dwyer, directed by Iseult Golden



written and performed by Conor Madden, directed by Jason Byrne



written and performed by Brian O’Riordan, directed by Bryan Burroughs


Sequin Dreams

written and performed by Michelle Moran, directed by Conor Hanratty

Show In A Bag 2011

The Wheelchair On My Face: A Look Back At My Myopic Childhood

written and performed by Sonya Kelly, directed by Gina Moxley
I got my first pair of glasses when I was seven. Until that day the world was a swirl of moving coloured blobs. I thought it was the same for everyone. How wrong I was.


Last Year

written by Gavin Kostick, performed by Maeve McGrath, directed by Liam Halligan. Original score by Eleanor McEvoy.
Told through one woman’s working life in a Limerick nursing home, where staff witness death and illness on a daily basis and maintain a brave face even in the most difficult circumstances. This is a life story. This is a nursing home story.


It’s Your Turn To Change Daddy

conceived, written and performed by Anthony and Róisín Morris, directed by Paul Meade.
Anthony Morris is an actor. Róisín Morris is a photographer. He’s her brother. She’s his sister. But they’re only two of thirteen, part of a community without ever leaving the front door. A community impacted by depression and Alzheimer’s.

Pocket Music

performed by Camille Lucy Ross and Donnacha O’Dea, book and lyrics by Gavin Kostick, songs and music by Denis Clohessy, directed by Ronan Phelan, mentor director Bryan Burroughs.
After years away from the footlights, lifelong friends Vivienne and Cecily are going back on the road. Locked into rehearsals, they spend their days perfecting their latest and greatest showstopper. But before the curtain rises will their routine fall apart?


That’s About The Size Of It

co-created and performed by Niamh Shaw, co-created and directed by Úna Kavanagh, mentor director Jimmy Fay.
Niamh says that science is everywhere, even in public parks. She says that we are all composed of atoms; hundreds of thousands of trillions of atoms. And empty space. Niamh Shaw, actor and scientist, questions our place in the world and reminds us that all humans are curious. And empty space.

Show In A Bag 2010


Will Irvine and Karl Quinn
What happens when the boundaries between our online world and our daily lives start to blur? An irresistible high speed romp through the meaning of friendship, in analogue and digital.


Fight Night

Aonghus Óg McAnally, directed by Bryan Burroughs
A failed amateur boxer, living in his successful father’s shadow, makes a determined final push for a phoenix-like rebirth to the big leagues.


The Sit

John Cronin and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
God doesn’t play dice. But in a world where there is no such thing as business as usual – who cares? Because after all there’s money to be made…


An Irish Psaltar

Eimear O’Grady
For three thousand years the great psalms of David have provided a voice for people in despair, joy, hope, doubt and loneliness. In original music and story, Cellist and Performer Eimear O’Grady leads us through a selection of these ancient texts.


Love + Fury: The Passion Of Jonathan Swift

David Heap
Jonathan Swift was a man of wideranging genius and raging emotion. David Heap uses Swift’s own words to show his love of Stella, his contempt for Bankers and his Modest Proposal for curing Ireland’s ills.

Aonghus Óg McAnally, Fight Night, Show in a Bag 2010:

“Having wanted to create my own work for many years, the structure of Show in a Bag finally gave me the courage and practical support to turn my ideas into reality. The experience of Fishamble, the expertise of Irish Theatre Institute, and the energy of Dublin Fringe were invaluable in bringing Fight Night to the stage, and played a huge part in the success it has gone on to enjoy. From the awards at the Fringe, to the extended run at Bewley’s, to the upcoming national tour, I simply couldn’t have made it happen without Show in a Bag.”

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 and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.


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