THE HUMOURS OF BANDON by Margaret McAuliffe

Fishamble: The New Play Company presents



Photo by George Carter

Written and Performed by MARGARET McAULIFFE
Direction & Dramaturgy by STEFANIE PREISSNER
Set Design by DAVID FAGAN
Lighting Design by EOIN WINNING
Script Development by GAVIN KOSTICK
Dramaturgical Assistant JO HALPIN
Produced by EVA SCANLAN

WINNER: Best Theatre Script
Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards

WINNER of the Little Gem Award,
Dublin Fringe Festival 2016

NOMINATED: Best Performer,
Dublin Fringe Festival 2016


‘Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’

On the eve of the Irish Open championship, we meet Annie, a 16 year old Dubliner, as she charts us through the various successes and disappointments of her Irish Dancing life. We share her mind numbing commitment and burning desire to win the Irish Open title. Will she win and, if so, in what way?

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.

The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.

Upcoming Irish Tour Dates 2017:

28 September: Dunamaise Art Centre, Co. Laoise
1 October: Cork Arts Theatre, Cork City, as part of the Small Roads Festival
2 October: Rossmore, Cork, as part of the Small Roads Festival
3 October: Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co Kerry, as part of the Small Roads Festival
4 October: CYMS, Killorglin, Co Kerry, as part of the Small Roads Festival
6-9 October: Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co Kerry, as part of the Small Roads Festival
14 October: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
1-2 December: The MAC, Belfast

The Humours of Bandon was previously performed in 2017 at:

7-8 February: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
10 February: GB Shaw Theatre, Visual Carlow
23 February: Draíocht, Blanchardstown
24 February: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
25 February: glór, Ennis
28 February: Hawks Well, Sligo
2 March: axis, Ballymun
4 March: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh
6-25 March: Bewley’s @ Powerscourt, Dublin
29 March: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
30 March: An Grianán, Letterkenny
2 June: St John’s Theatre, as part of Listowel Writers’ Week
5-7 July: Hickey’s Bakery, as part of Clonmel Junction Festival
15 July: Birr Theatre, as part of SCRIPTS, Ireland’s Playwriting Festival
25 July: Island Cottage Gallery, Heir Island as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival
26 July: Community Hall, Kilcrohane, as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival
27 July: Community Hall, Glengarriff, as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival
28 July: Community Hall, Sherkin Island, as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival
29 July: Lecture Theatre (Camp Church), Rerrin Bere Ireland, as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival
30 July: Community Hall, Ballydehob, as part of the West Cork Fit-Up Festival
4-27 August: Dance Base, Edinburgh, as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe – supported by Culture Ireland
6 September: Roscommon Arts Centre
7 September: White Horse Theatre, Ballincollig
8pm, 9 September: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
8.30pm, 14 September: Droichead Arts Centre
8pm, 15 September: Backstage Theatre, Longford
8pm, 16 September: Belltable, Limerick
18 September: Clifden Arts Festival, Galway
21 September: Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare
24 September: Cork Arts Theatre, Cork City, as part of the Small Roads Festival


REVIEWS FOR The Humours of Bandon:

***** ‘…a delight… Margaret McAuliffe is a star… sit back and enjoy this emotional rollercoaster ride.’ Broadway Baby

**** ‘…witty and warm… McAuliffe, like this rather perfectly formed show, is a winner…’ The Times

**** ‘…wonderful… you must see this show!’ Edinburgh Guide

**** ‘… Margaret McAuliffe spins a yarn of gold…’ The List

**** ‘…absorbing… witty and poignant, this is a story that invites you to climb inside and enjoy the ride, told by a performer who has lived and breathed the world she so expertly conveys.’ The Scotsman

**** ‘terrific one woman show… both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious… All round, a champion turn.’ The Irish Times

**** ‘truly breathtaking… a tour de force for McAuliffe… dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed.’ The Reviews Hub

**** ‘…a thrilling spectacle… brilliant…’ Sunday Business Post

‘…not surprising that at the end that she received a “Riverdance” like ovation.’ NoMoreWorkHorse

‘…Margaret McAuliffe’s excellent new play…’ Musings In Intermissions

‘…wonderfully observed, delightfully funny and utterly engaging production… McAuliffe is sublime… a hilarious and heart-warming production that is not to be missed.’

RECOMMENDED: ‘…Very funny… McAuliffe is a wonderful performer… very entertaining!’  Fringe Review

was 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.



Photo by George Carter

MARGARET McAULIFFE | Writer & Performer:
Margaret graduated from the 2 year full-time acting course in the Gaiety School of Acting in 2010. Previous productions include: Anna Karenina dir. Wayne Jordan (Abbey Theatre), My English Tongue, My Irish Heart dir. Martin Lynch (Greenshoot Productions), Jezebel dir. Lynne Parker, Digging for Fire dir. Matt Torney (Rough Magic), Clear the Air dir. Ronan Phelan (Underscore_Productions), Broadening dir Ronan Phelan (Glassdoll Productions), Richard III dir. Valerie O’Connor (Fast & Loose), Deeds of Deceit dir. Matthew Ralli (Speckintime Productions), The King’s Feet dir. Aoife Spillane Hinks (Chalk Talk Productions), Iphigenia in Aulis dir. Andy Hinds (Classic Stage Ireland), Faustus dir. Roger Gregg (Smock Alley Theatre), The Steward of Christendom dir. Noel McCarthy (T36).




Photo by Natalia Marzec

STEFANIE PREISSNER | Director & Dramaturg:
Stefanie Preissner is a screenwriter, director and actor. She is the creator and sole writer of RTE’s 2016 hit Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope. She has written two hugely successful stage plays, Our Father and Solpadeine is My Boyfriend, both of which enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin and international tours. The latter was also performed in Bucharest, Edinburgh and Australia. As a director, Stefanie’s credits include Two For Joy by Raymond Scannell, Bombshells by Joanna Murray Smith, and What Are They Likeby Lucinda Coxon for The National Theatre Connections. Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. Her first plays Cinderella? and Word Play were written while still at college. You can read more about Stefanie’s work in the book Radical Contemporary Theatre Practises by Women in Ireland (Carysfort Press, 2015)



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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.