The Humours of Bandon

‘The Humours of Bandon’ at the Cork Arts Theatre

“Rat tat tat tata dum diddli dee dum dum dumb…LOUDER! Don’t be afraid of that floor!”

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. In ‘The Humours of Bandon’, writer and performer, Margaret McAuliffe examines the importance of coming first and why it matters.

‘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. The Scotsman described the play as ‘…absorbing… witty and poignant, this is a story that invites you to climb inside and enjoy the ride, told by a performer who has lived and breathed the world she so expertly conveys.’

Fresh from highly successful runs at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Listowel Writers’ Week, Birr Scripts Festival, West Cork Fit Up and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, the award winning, new play company Fishamble present ‘The Humours of Bandon’ as part of the Small Roads Festival, in the Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.

There will be just two performances – Sunday 24th September @ 6.00pm and Sunday 1st October @ 6.00pm.

Margaret knows the Irish dancing scene intimately as she took part in competitive dancing for 18 years.

“I had a wealth of material from which to draw in terms of characters, events and environment”, she said, “I started writing the play with one memory in mind, a searing memory that was rich in vivid detail. The rest of the story came out of that and is fictitious but I was lucky to have always been able to recall the detail surrounding the emotional moments in my life; this was just one of them.”

The play is directed by Mallow native, Stephanie Preissner, wo has had considerable success on stage and, more recently, on TV with her RTE series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’. Stephanie was also awarded the honour of being named the August 2017 ‘Cork Person of the Month’ for her contribution to the arts.

‘The Humours of Bandon’ has received much critical acclaim and was the winner of both the ‘Little Gem Award’ at Dublin Fringe Festival and ‘Best Theatre Script’, Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBiE Awards.

The ‘Small Roads Festival of Theatre ‘n Dining’ runs over two weekends and presents six plays for audiences to choose from. Dates are Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September and Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October and there will be two different shows each evening.

Tickets for ‘The Humours of Bandon’ are €15 and can be booked by calling the Cork Arts Theatre box office on 021 450 5624 or online at:

Reviews for ‘The Humours of Bandon’…

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

★★★★ ‘truly breathtaking… a tour de force for McAuliffe… dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed.’ – The Reviews Hub

★★★★ ‘wonderfully observed delightfully funny and utterly engaging production… Mc Auliffe[ ] is sublime… a hilarious and heart-warming production that is not to be missed. –

★★★★ ‘…not surprising that at the end that she received a “Riverdance” like ovation.’ – NoMoreWorkHorse

★★★★ ‘…Margaret Mc Auliffe’s excellent new play…’ – Musings In Intermissions