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The Humours of Bandon

8 - 11 May

A charmingly hilarious coming of age story.

By Margaret McAuliffe

Internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, Fishamble (Swing, 2016), returns to Wollongong with a coming of age story that’s full of heart, humour and wisdom. The Humours of Bandon is for anyone who ever had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.

Nobody knows just how far their child 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. On the eve of the biggest competition of her teenage life, Annie shares her mind-numbing commitment and burning desire to win the Irish Open title. Will she win and, if so, in what way?

A vivid portrait of a world far removed from the showbiz glitz of Riverdance, this award-winning work is a charming reminder that there’s more to life than learning the right steps.


  • …a delight… Margaret McAuliffe is a star… sit back and enjoy this emotional rollercoaster ride. - Broadway Baby
  • …witty and warm… McAuliffe, like this rather perfectly formed show, is a winner… - The Times (UK)
  • …wonderful… you must see this show! - Edinburgh Guide
  • …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. - The Scotsman
  • 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... McAuliffe[ ]is sublime… a hilarious and heart warming production that is not to be missed. -


WINNER – Little Gem Award, Tiger Dublin Fringe (2016)

Cast & Creative Team

Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Set Design David Fagan
Lighting Design Eoin Winning
Script Development Gavin Kostick
Dramaturgical Assistant Jo Halpin
Produced by Eva Scanlan
Cast Margaret McAuliffe
Photos by George Carter

Pre-Show Dining Packages

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $25 pp. our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature a regularly updated menu of three delicious à la carte options, served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly, and will always include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option.

Sample menu

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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. Supported by Culture Ireland.

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