West Cork Fit Up | 9th Jul - 4th Aug 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

Tue February 12th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Muintir na Tíre, Buttevant
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Wed February 13th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Ballynoe Community Centre
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Thu February 14th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Meelin Community Hall
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Fri February 15th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Kades County, Glenville
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Sat February 16th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Mitchelstown Town Hall
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Please note: tickets available on the door and doors open 30min before show start time.