Fishamble Presents: The Humours of Bandon

Written & Performed by Margaret McAuliffe

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

On the eve of the Irish Open championship, we meet Annie, a 16-year-old Dubliner, as 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 Irish Open title. Will she win and, if so, in what way?

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. Check out the trailer!


The Humours of Bandon will be performed in the Michael Flanagan Irish Music Heritage Theater inside the Irish American Heritage Museum at 21 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 on Sunday May 21st at 7pm. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for nonmembers and can be purchased here.


The Humours of Bandon premiered at Bewleys Café Theatre @ Powerscourt 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.

Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that 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.

Margaret McAuliffe (Playwright/Performer) graduated from the 2 year full-time acting course in the Gaiety School of Acting in 2010. Previous productions include: Anna Karenina; My English TongueMy Irish Heart; Jezebel; Digging for FireClear the AirBroadeningRichard IIIDeeds of Deceit; The King’s FeetIphigenia in AulisFaustusThe Steward of Christendom.

Stefanie Preissner (Director) is a screenwriter, director and actor. Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. She is the creator and sole writer of RTE’s 2016 hit Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope. She 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. As a director, Stefanie’s credits include Two For JoyBombshells; and What Are They Like.  You can read more about Stefanie’s work in the book Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland (Carysfort Press, 2015).