The Humours Of Bandon - Presented by the ICC & The HCE Players

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The Humours Of Bandon - Presented by the ICC & The HCE Players

A coming-of-age story, THE HUMOURS OF BANDON is an award-winning play, full of heart, humour and wisdom!

By The Irish Cultural Centre

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Starts on Saturday, May 20 · 8pm EDT


200 New Boston Dr 200 New Boston Dr Canton, MA 02021

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  • 2 hours
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'Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’

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.

 A coming-of-age story, THE HUMOURS OF BANDON is an award-winning play, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.

 This North American tour is supported by Culture Ireland. (please include logo).

Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright.

Fishamble, after transferring 15 productions to the US, now embarks on its biggest North American tour yet.

Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and Culture Ireland.

WINNER  - Best Theatre Script at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards

WINNER  - Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe Festival[Text Wrapping Break]NOMINATED Best Performer at Dublin Fringe Festival

★★★★★ ‘…a delight… Margaret Mc Auliffe is a star… sit back and enjoy this emotional rollercoaster ride.’ Broadway Baby

★★★★ ‘…witty and warm… Mc Auliffe, like this rather perfectly formed show, is a winner…’ The Times

★★★★ ‘…wonderful… you must see this show!’ Edinburgh Guide

 ★★★★ ‘witty and poignant… told by a performer who has lived and breathed the world she so expertly conveys.’ The Scotsman

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

 ★★★★ ‘truly breathtaking… dazzling performance that really needs to be seen to be believed.’ The Reviews Hub

  ★★★★ ‘a hilarious and heart warming production that is not to be missed. – #TheHumoursofBandon #Fishamble

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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.  


Margaret 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. Her most recent productions include kitchensinkdrama (The Collective at Dublin Fringe 2022), Much Ado About Nothing (Rough Magic, 2019) and Requiem for the Truth (Collapsing Horse at Bergen Fringe Festival Norway, 2018). 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. Fishamble has since produced and toured The Humours of Bandon both nationally and internationally including at; the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Brighton Festival, UNOFest Victoria Canada and a multi-venue tour of Wales in 2018 as well as touring to Australia and New York in 2019/2020. 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.

Stefanie Preissner, Munich-born but Mallow-raised, is the creator of hit comedy-drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope – the show was originally commissioned by RTÉ in Ireland - however both seasons have since broadcast on BBC Three and is available on Netflix Worldwide. Stefanie has also produced a series of short documentaries entitled How To Adult which she presents for RTÉ's online platform RTE Player.  Her podcast for RTE-SITUATIONSHIPS is enjoying great ratings on the iTunes charts. The show is co-hosted with Stefanie's best friend Rachel Yoder and each episode looks at a different type of relationship and how to navigate it. Her first feature film script has been commissioned and is supported by Parallel Films the Irish Film Board.  Her one-woman theatre show, Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend, enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin before touring internationally to Bucharest, Edinburgh and Australia, and – as a radio play – it became RTÉ’s most downloaded podcast. Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. Alongside her career as a screenwriter and playwright, she has won several awards as an actor. She is a regular contributor to Ireland’s Sunday Independent newspaper and her voice is well-recognised from her prolific voiceover career.[Text Wrapping Break]Her first book Why Can’t Everything Just Stay the Same? was nominated for several awards in 2017 and her second book No. It's a Full Sentence was released in 2019. She is also the host of an award winning podcast Basically with Stefanie Preissner.


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.

‘the much-loved Fishamble [is] a global brand with international theatrical presence… an unswerving force for new writing’ Irish Times

‘Ireland’s leading new writing company’ The Stage

‘the respected Dublin company…forward-thinking Fishamble’ New York Times

‘excellent Fishamble…Ireland’s terrific Fishamble’ Guardian

‘when Fishamble is [in New York], you’ve got to go’ Time Out New York

‘that great Irish new writing company, Fishamble’ Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

‘Fishamble puts electricity into the National grid of dreams’ Sebastian Barry

Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and Culture Ireland.

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