The Humours of Bandon
Fishamble: The New Play Company / Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe
‘Hammer that floor… don’t be afraid of it.’
For Annie, a teenage Dubliner, Irish Dancing is everything and nothing. At odds with her mother, her teacher, and her bendies, Annie struggles with knowing that, if she gets everything just perfect, then this time she could be, might be, should be: the Irish Open Champion. Or maybe not. And why, actually, is it so important to come first? Does winning really matter?
From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Riverdance swells a national pride, must-have costumes cost a fortune, medals and cups build up in drawing rooms, but the public isn’t privy to the blood, sweat and mind-numbing commitment that pave the way to the first place podium.
The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life – or has had to ferry a child to a competition they don’t quite understand.
The Humours of Bandon premiered at Bewleys Café Theatre @ Powerscourt 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
Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Direction & Dramaturgy by Stefanie Preissner
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"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