The Humours of Bandon – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin

Reviewer: Claire Galligan

‘The Humours of Bandon’- a multi-award winning one act play returns to Bewley’s Café at lunchtime.

In this one woman play we meet sixteen year old Annie who constantly tries to fulfil her mothers expectations that her daughter will win the Irish National dancing championships. Annie struggles to individuate and to discover her own uniqueness. Her journey is finally realised when she says:

I realise that I am only here for her.’

The writer and actress Margaret McAuliffe portrays Annie – narrating her encounters with the people in her life. She clearly defines a myriad of characters – young and old with a flick of a shoulder, a raised eyebrow and a subtle change of body posture.

Stephanie Pressnier’s direction creates different locations with the subtle use of lighting in a bare space which enables the story to flow smoothly. Superb choreography in the dance sequences are interwoven in the play to convey Annie’s, frustration, desperation, hope, and backstage nerves.

The production received a well-deserved standing ovation from the lunchtime audience in Bewley’s.

A must see.

Suitable for all ages.

Runs 11 – 30th July 2022.

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