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Fishamble: The New Play Company
in association with Solas Nua present


The Humours of Bandon

A Play by Margaret Mc Auliffe

Humours of Bandon

Friday, April 28, 2023
6:30pm Doors | 7:00pm Show

CelticMKE Center | 1532 N. Wauwatosa Avenue


'Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’ A coming-of-age story, The Humours of Bandon is an award-winning play, full of heart, humor and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life. This production is coming all the way from Ireland for a North American tour!

'terrific one woman show… by turns sharp, charming and hilarious… All round, a champion turn.’ The Irish Times

Admission Tickets:
$20 General Admission - available at the door. Cash or credit accepted.


About the Show

Humours of Bandon play still

Annie is a 16-year-old Irish dancer from Dublin, and we meet her on the eve of the biggest competition of her life, the Irish Open Championships 1999. She charts us through the various successes and disappointments of her Irish dancing life. We share her mind-numbing commitment and burning desire to win the coveted Irish Open title. Will she win and, if so, in what way?

From the confines of every community 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.

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

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WINNER Best Theatre Script at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards
WINNER Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe Festival
NOMINATED Best Performer at Dublin Fringe Festival

About Fishamble

Fishamble discovers, develops and produces new plays of national importance with a global reach. It has toured its productions to audiences throughout Ireland and to 19 other countries. It champions the role of the playwright, typically supporting over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble has received many awards in Ireland and internationally, including an Olivier Award. Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and Culture Ireland.

About Margaret Mc Auliffe

Margaret McAuliffeMargaret Mc Auliffe is an actor/writer from Dublin. As an actor she has worked with The Collective, Rough Magic, Collapsing Horse, Fishamble, The Abbey Theatre and many more. As part of the 'Show in a Bag' initiative for the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016 she wrote, produced and performed her smash hit, one-woman show, The Humours of Bandon. The show won the Bewley’s Little Gem Award and Margaret was nominated as Best Performer at the Dublin Fringe Awards, 2016.

As a writer, Margaret won the 2017 ZeBBie award for Best Theatre Script, was a recipient of the Pavilion Theatre’s Patron Artists’ Bursary 2017, a member of the Irish Theatre Institute's Six in the Attic programme and was selected as part of Fishamble's A Play for Ireland initiative 2018. In 2020 she was awarded funding towards writing a new play through Fingal County Council. She's currently in development with Treasure Entertainment on a feature adaptation of The Humours of Bandon with Screen Ireland.


Production Info
Duration: 55 minutes, no interval 
Age guidance: 12+ for mild language

Playscripts available for purchase with worldwide shopping at


Fishamble: The New Play Company presents
The Humours of Bandon

by Margaret Mc Auliffe

Written & Performed by Margaret Mc Auliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Set Design by David Fagan
Lighting Design by Eoin Winning
Script Development by Gavin Kostick
Dramaturgical Assistant Jo Halpin
Stage Managed by Laura Murphy 

Produced by Cally Shine


This 7-week tour will play to audiences at 25 performances in 13 venues and cities, across 11 states and provinces in the United States and Canada – the most ambitious tour to date for Dublin’s Fishamble: The New Play Company.

This North American tour is presented in association with Solas Nua and is supported by Culture Ireland.


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