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

Tue November 2nd 2021 – 8:00 pm
Skehana Community Hall
Pre-booking advised

Wed November 3rd 2021 – 8:00 pm
Ballygar Community Centre
Pre-booking advised

Thu November 4th 2021 – 8:00 pm
Fohenagh Community Centre
Pre-booking advised

Fri November 5th 2021 – 8:00 pm
Belclare Community Centre
Pre-booking advised

Sat November 6th 2021 – 8:00 pm
The Mall Theatre
Pre-booking advised

Sun November 7th 2021 – 8:00 pm
The Storehouse
Pre-booking advised


Capacity is limited in each of the venues so it is advisable to book tickets in advance. For bookings call 0879677732 / 0872372820. Tickets €15/€12.50.

Covid compliance measures will be in place and all patrons are asked to adhere to public health guidelines at the time of event.