Show In A Bag

Show In A Bag 2017

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.


Walk for Me by Kate Stanley Brennan
Directed by Sarah Brennan

Preview Sep 12 @ 20:00 Tickets €10
Dates Sep 13 @ 18:00 / Sep 14 @ 18:00 / Sep 15 @ 13:00 / Sep 16 @ 13:00 / Sep 17 @ 18:00 & 20:00 / Sep 18 @ 13:00 Tickets €13

“Forget the world…Forget the people…Just close your eyes…Forget your name.”

Enticed from Manhattan’s streets by a mysterious stranger, Dubliner Mary Jane gets sucked into the underground world of New York’s club scene. She gets into some sticky situations as she looks for love in all the wrong places, running through life along the edge of a knife. But she’s on a mission to prove to the world that she can walk alone.

Expect sex, decks and original songs by MissKate, MathMan and Bobofunk.

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My Left Nut by Michael Patrick
Directed by Oisín Kearney

Preview Sep 11 @ 18:00 Tickets €10
Dates Sep 12 @ 13:00/ Sep 13 @ 13:00 / Sep14 @ 20:00 / Sep15 @ 20:00 / Sep 17 @ 13:00 / Sep 20 @ 18:00 / Sep 23 @18:00 Tickets €13

400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was 18 years old. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?

The true story of a Belfast boy’s journey through puberty with no father to help him through and a giant ball to weigh him down.

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Kicking All the Boxes by Liz Fitzgibbon
Mentored by Mikel Murfi, Directed by Aonghus Óg McAnally

Preview Sep 11@ 20:00 Tickets €10
Dates Sep 14 @13:00 / Sep 15 @18:00 / Sep 16 @ 18:00 / Sep 18 @ 20:00 / Sep 21 @ 18:00 / Sep 22 @ 13:00 / Sep 23 @ 13:00 Tickets €13

    • From the mind of a former kick boxing champion and developed with Mikel Murfi comes an explosive, physical, gut-busting – utterly fabricated – story like no other. Taking life’s big questions and leaving them reeling.
    •  What do you do when life no longer parties with you but instead looms large with the big questions? What can you do? You can batter it into submission until – kicking and screaming – it stops asking what you have to show for yourself.

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Take Off Your Cornflakes by Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan
Directed by Liam Halligan

Preview Sep 11 @ 13:00 Tickets €10
Dates Sep 12 @ 18:00 / Sep 13 @ 20:00 / Sep 16 @ 20:00 / Sep 18 @ 18:00 / Sep 20 @ 13:00 / Sep 21 @ 13:00 / Sep 22 @ 18: 00 Tickets €13

Who am I without my past? When we go out of our mind, where do we go?

Take Off Your Cornflakes is a portrait of a marriage. Tom and Trish have celebrated their silver wedding anniversary but what happens when he wakes up with a strange woman beside him and she tells him she’s his wife?

She chooses to enter his world, armed only with humour, music and love. She does her best to connect with him, but will she get lost in the attempt?

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Previous Show In A Bag Plays

Show in A Bag 2016

Looking Deadly

Written and performed by Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton, directed by Amy Conroy


The Humours of Bandon

Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe, directed by Stefanie Preissner


The Wickedness of Oz

Written and performed by Kate Gilmore, directed by Clare Maguire


To Hell in a Handbag

Written and performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White, directed by Conor Hanratty

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 M/rton

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 Ke,ly, 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 w/rking 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 thirt%en, 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 ca2es? 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, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.