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


Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival, 2017


Tue. 31st January – Sun. 5th February – 8:00pm



Bigger Picture Projects presents:


Directed by: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Written & Performed by: Noni Stapleton

Winner of the Bewley’s Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe 2014
Winner of the Stewart Parker Award 2015.

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

“ 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

“Stapleton is a joy to watch and she knows her audience. Love, family and loss all combine at the finish to create a charming piece of theatre. A truly enjoyable show” ★★★★ The Public Reviews

“..a testament to Stapleton’s skills as an imaginative and animated storyteller” – The

Running Time: 65 min.

Age suitability: 14+

Dates & Venues:

Tue. 31st Jan. 2017 – 8:00pm
The Mall Art Centre, Youghal

Wed. 1st Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel

Thu. 2nd Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Community Centre, Dromtarriff


Fri. 3rd Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

Sat. 4th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill

Sun. 5th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
The Palace Theatre, Fermoy

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Playwright & Performer :

Noni Stapleton – Noni is an Irish actress, voice over artist and playwright. She graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2002, beginning her theatre career in What The Dead Want (directed by Jimmy Fay). She has continued to work in theatre, tv and film as an actress and writer and has also performed in many Irish language productions. THEATRE highlights include Lizzy Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough, The Laramie Project, Massacre @ Paris, Little Victories, Orson Welles A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s, Walking Away, The Merry Wives of Windsor, An Triail and Antigone.