The Humours of Bandon

A Fishamble production, written & performed by Margaret McAuliffe


$40 general / $32 members 55 minutes. No intermission.

Apr 10, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019


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Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
A Fishamble production

"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.

Meet Dubliner Annie on the eve of the biggest competition of her teenage life, as she charts us through the various peaks and troughs of her Irish dancing career. Will she win the title and, if so, in what way?

The Humours of Bandon is a spirited coming-of-age story full of heart, laughter and pathos, for anyone who’s had a childhood passion that threatened to consume their life.

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

"The Humours of Bandon was a massive collaborate effort on behalf Fishamble and the Irish Arts Center and, of course, McAuliffe, who has managed to build a cultural bridge between Irish dance and theater. I hope it comes around again."--Paul Keating, Irish Voice

Read the article.

“Terrific one woman show . . . All round, a champion turn.”
The Irish Times 

“A thrilling spectacle.”Sunday Business Post 

“Perfectly formed show.”The UK Times

One-week limited engagement at Irish Arts Center, with regional touring performances.

April 10—14
Wed – Fri | 8pm
Saturday | 2pm & 8pm
Sunday | 3pm

Tour dates

New York Irish Center
Long Island City, NY
April 16 | 2pm

Irish American Center of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens
Mineola, NY
April 17 | 7:30pm

Irish Cultural & Sports Association of Southern Connecticut
Presenting at Whitneyville Cultural Commons, Whitneyville, CT
April 18 | 8pm

The Humours of Bandon was 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.








Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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