West Cork Fit Up | 9th Jul - 4th Aug 2024

Written and Performed by: Margaret McAuliffe

Directed by: Stefanie Preissner

Age Suitability: PG/11

Running Time: 55mins – no interval

‘Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’

From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood, sweat and tears that pave the way to the first place podium. The Humours of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.

This multi-award winning coming of age drama is set in the heady world of competitive Irish Dancing. From its superlative debut at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016, The Humours of Bandon was hence picked up by Fishamble: The New Play Company and toured extensively both nationally and internationally from 2017-2019 including a highly successful four-week sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was listed at no. 11 in the top 20 reviewed shows during its first week.

Picking up two awards on the way; The Bewley’s Café Theatre’s Little Gem award at the Dublin Fringe Festival and Best Theatre Script at the Irish Writer’s Guild ZeBBie awards in 2017, the play is currently being developed by Treasure Entertainment and Screen Ireland. It is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.


★★★★ ‘terrific one woman show…both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious…all round, a champion turn.’ – The Irish Times

★★★★ ‘wonderfully observed, delightfully funny and utterly engaging production…McAuliffe is sublime…a hilarious and heart warming production that is not to be missed.‘ – TheArtsReview.com


Margaret McAuliffe is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. This is Margaret’s second time performing at the Fit-up Festival following Jezebel (Rough Magic) in 2014. Prior to ‘The Humours of Bandon’ she was in Anna Karenina (Abbey Theatre).

Dates & Venues

Tue October 4th 2022 – 8:00 pm
Skehana Community Hall
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Wed October 5th 2022 – 8:00 pm
Dunmore Town Hall
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Thu October 6th 2022 – 8:00 pm
Fohenagh Community Centre
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Fri October 7th 2022 – 8:00 pm
Kilcoona Social Centre
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Sat October 8th 2022 – 8:00 pm
The Mall Theatre
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Sun October 9th 2022 – 8:00 pm
The Storehouse
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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.

Developed as part of Show in a Bag an artist development initiative of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company & Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.

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