The Humours of BandonFishamble: The New Play Company
Direct from Dublin, 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. ‘Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’
Nobody knows where their 5-year-old will take that first, after-school activity. To the surprise of her mother, Annie takes it all the way to the top echelons of the Irish Dancing
Championships. We meet Dubliner Annie on the eve of the biggest competition of her teenage life, her burning desire to win – shared only by her teacher as her mother watches on with bewilderment and pride. Will she win and if so, in what way?
WINNER Best Theatre Script at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards 2017
WINNER Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016
NOMINATED Best Performer at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016
‘★★★★…witty and warm… McAuliffe, like this rather perfectly formed show, is a winner…’
-The UK Times
‘★★★★ one woman show… both writing and performance are by turns sharp, charming and hilarious… All round, a champion turn.’
-The Irish Times
About the artists/company:
FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY
Fishamble: The New Play Company is an Olivier Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, which discovers, develops and produces new work, across a range of scales. In 2018 Fishamble celebrates 30 years of new plays in Ireland through its many productions and extensive development programme.
Fishamble is at the heart of new writing for theatre in Ireland, typically supporting 60% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland every year. Fishamble has told the story of Ireland over 30 years through daring new plays and award-winning productions. Awards for Fishamble productions include Olivier, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel, Argus Angel, 1st Irish, The Stage, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre, Dublin Fringe, Forbes’ Best Theater, Stage Raw LA, and Irish Times Theatre awards, as well as Irish Writer’s Guild/ZeBBie and Stewart Parker Trust awards for many of its playwrights. During 2013, to celebrate the company’s 25th birthday, Fishamble donated its living archive to the National Library of Ireland. Fishamble is committed to touring throughout Ireland and internationally, and does so through partnerships and collaborations with a large network of venues, festivals, and non-arts organisations.
Fishamble has earned a reputation as ‘a global brand with international theatrical presence’ (Irish Times), ‘forward-thinking Fishamble’ (New York Times), ‘acclaimed Irish company’ (Scotsman) and ‘excellent Fishamble…Ireland’s terrific Fishamble’ (Guardian) through touring its productions to audiences in Ireland as well as to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Iceland, Croatia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Finland, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Fishamble typically produces over 200 performances in approximately 50 venues annually, touring from Ballydehob to Brisbane.
MARGARET McAULIFFE (Writer & Performer)
Margaret McAuliffe graduated from the 2 year full-time acting course in the Gaiety School of Acting in 2010. Previous productions include: Anna Karenina dir. Wayne Jordan (Abbey Theatre), My English Tongue, My Irish Heart dir. Martin Lynch (Greenshoot Productions), Jezebel dir. Lynne Parker, Digging for Fire dir. Matt Torney (Rough Magic), Clear the Air dir. Ronan Phelan (Underscore_Productions), Broadening dir Ronan Phelan (Glassdoll Productions), Richard III dir. Valerie O’Connor (Fast & Loose), Deeds of Deceit dir. Matthew Ralli (Speckintime Productions), The King’s Feet dir. Aoife Spillane Hinks (Chalk Talk Productions),Iphigenia in Aulis dir. Andy Hinds (Classic Stage Ireland), Faustus dir. Roger Gregg (Smock Alley Theatre), The Steward of Christendom dir. Noel McCarthy (T36).
STEFANIE PREISSNER (Director)
Stefanie Preissner is a screenwriter, director and actor. She is the creator and sole writer of RTE’s 2016 hit Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope and has written two hugely successful stage plays, Our Father and Solpadeine is My Boyfriend, both of which enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin and international tours. The latter was also performed in Bucharest, Edinburgh and Australia. As a director, Stefanie’s credits include Two For Joy by Raymond Scannell, Bombshells by Joanna Murray Smith, and What Are They Like by Lucinda Coxon for The National Theatre Connections. Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. Her first plays Cinderella? and Word Play were written while still at college. You can read more about Stefanie’s work in the book Radical Contemporary Theatre Practises by Women in Ireland (Carysfort Press, 2015)
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Set Design by David Fagan
Lighting Design by Eoin Winning
Script development by Gavin Kostick
Dramaturgical Assistance by Jo Halpin
Produced by Eva Scanlan
This tour is supported by Culture Ireland.
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