The Humours of Bandon

The Humours of Bandon


Fishamble: The New Play Company



Written and Performed by Margaret McAuliffe

Directed by Stefanie Preissner

WINNER of the Little Gem Award, Dublin Fringe Festival 2016

Irish tour commences 7th February, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire.

Fishamble: The New Play Company is delighted to announce details of an Irish Tour of The Humours of Bandon written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe and directed by Stefanie Preissner, which will commence on 7th February at the Pavilion Theatre. The production first came to the stage as part of Show in a Bag during the Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 where it won the Little Gem Award and Margaret was also nominated for the Best Performer award. Now, presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company, this award winning production tours a number of venues in Ireland on this spring tour, with further national and international dates later in the year. 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.

‘At Fishamble, we are delighted to work with artists to create high quality, original theatre, and with venues throughout Ireland to bring this new work to audiences across the country.  We are thrilled to produce this very funny, moving and thrilling new play by Margaret McAuliffe, which was such a hit during the Dublin Fringe Festival last year, as part of the seventh annual Show in a Bag season.  We know that audiences will love Margaret’s wicked sense of humour and her hugely engaging storytelling style, not to mention her show-stopping dance number.’  Jim Culleton, Artistic Director, Fishamble

‘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.


**** ‘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

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

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

The Humours of Bandon 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.

Irish Tour Spring 2017:

8pm, 7-8 February: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
8pm, 10 February: GB Shaw Theatre, Visual Carlow
8pm, 23 February: Draíocht, Blanchardstown
8pm, 24 February: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
8pm, 25 February: glór, Ennis
12:45pm, 28 February: Hawks Well, Sligo
8pm, 2 March: axis, Ballymun
8pm, 4 March: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh
1pm, 6-25 March: Bewley’s @ Powerscourt, Dublin (no performances 12, 17, 19 March)
8pm, 29 March: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
8pm, 30 March: An Grianán, Letterkenny

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).

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 Like by 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)

Production credits:

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


About Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, which discovers, develops and produces new work.  Fishamble is at the heart of new writing for theatre in Ireland, not just through its productions, but through its extensive programme of Training, Development and Mentoring schemes. The company is committed to touring throughout Ireland and internationally, and typically presents over 200 performances of its plays in approximately 60 venues per year.  Fishamble has earned a reputation as ‘a global brand with international theatrical presence’ (Irish Times), ‘forward-thinking Fishamble’ (New York Times) and ‘excellent Fishamble…Ireland’s terrific Fishamble’ (Guardian).  


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


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