The Humours of Bandon

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‘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.

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

WINNER Little Gem Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016
NOMINATED Best Performer at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016
‘truly breathtaking… a tour de force for McAuliffe… dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed.’ The Reviews Hub

‘…Margaret McAuliffe’s excellent new play…’ Musings In Intermissions ‘terrific one woman show… both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious… All round, a champion turn.’ The Irish Times

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

Fishamble: The New Play Company presents THE HUMOURS OF BANDON
Written & performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Set Design by David Fagan
Script Development by Gavin Kostick
Dramaturgical Assistant Jo Halpin
Produced by Eva Scanlan


  • Category: Comedy / Drama / Highlights
  • Date: Thursday 30 March 2017
  • Time: 8pm
  • Tickets: €15/€12
  • Running time: 60 minutes

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