Date: Thursday 18th August
'Charolais' takes the age old story of female jealousy and gives it a new twist: the other woman is a cow, a literal one, a purebred Charolais (French) heifer.
Noni Stapleton plays Siobhan, whose farmer boyfriend devotes considerable attention to his prize heifer at the expense of his very pregnant and disgruntled girlfriend. Siobhan has developed a homicidal jealousy for this Charolais and is feeling equally murderous towards her snobbish soon-to-be mother in law. A dark comedy of love and longing: rarely in theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly or with such charm.
Charolais is written and performed by Noni Stapleton and directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh. Charolais was kindly supported by The Arts Council. Charolais premiered in Dublin Fringe 2014 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.
"A fast-paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair".
★★★★ Irish Times