Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024




Written and Performed by: Noni Stapleton

Directed and Developed by: Bairbre Ní

Age Suitability: 15+

Running Time: 70mins – no interval

A tale of love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer.

A surreal, black comedy, Charolais takes the age old story of female jealousy and gives it a new twist: the other woman is a cow, a literal one, a pure-bred Charolais heifer. Rarely in Irish theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly.


‘This hilarious take on rural life and love is a paradox: superficially crude, it’s full of wisdom and tenderness.’ – Sunday Independent

★★★★  ‘The last thing you would expect in an Irish rural drama is a parody of Edith Piaf. But Stapleton, is all Gallic sexiness…and conveying what an unsophisticated Irish girl might not otherwise be able to’ – Irish Examiner

★★★★  ‘A fast-paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair’ – Irish Times


Noni Stapleton is an Irish actress, voice over artist and playwright. She graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting beginning her theatrical career in What The Dead Want (directed by Jimmy Fay). She has continued to work in theatre, tv and film over the years and has also performed in many Irish language productions. Theatre highlights include Performance Corporation’s Lizzy Lavelle and The Vanishing of Emlyclough, The Laramie Project, Massacre @ Paris, Little Victories, A Midsummer Night’ Dream and The Good Father. Screen credits include Penny Dreadful Inspector Jury, Vikings and Fair City.

Dates & Venues

Tuesday July 17th – 8.30pm
Island Cottage Gallery, Heir Island
Tickets at door or online

Wednesday July 18th – 8pm
Community Hall, Kilcrohane
Tickets at door or online

Thursday July 19th – 8pm
Community Hall, Glengarriffe
Tickets at door or online

Friday July 20th – 8pm
Community Hall, Sherkin Island
Tickets at door or online

Saturday July 21st – 8pm
Lecture Theatre (Camp Church), Rerrin, Bere Island
Tickets at door or online

Sunday July 22nd – 8pm
Community Hall, Ballydehob
Tickets at door or online

Please note our online ticket sales will be limited to 30% of the overall capacity of each venue and intended to complement our usual tickets at the door policy.