Written & performed by Noni Stapleton Directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh ****Irish Times, ****Irish Examiner,**** The Public Reviews ‘A comedic performance that jumps between a resentful, distressed woman and an overtly sexual French cow’ – The Irish Times.

Written and performed by Noni Stapleton, ‘Charolais’ is an age old tale of female rivalry with a new twist: the other woman is cow, a literal one, a purebred Charolais heifer.
Siobhan’s boyfriend is a farmer who devotes considerable attention to his prize heifer at the expense of his very pregnant 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 Irish theatre are the challenges of farming life and the joy of sex expressed so frankly or with such charm..
Reviews of ‘Charolais’:
“Noni Stapleton’s hilarious take on rural life and love is a paradox: superficially crude, it’s full of wisdom and tenderness, and manages to throw in a fair sprinkling of compassion and forgiveness along the way” – Sunday Independent
“The last thing you would expect in an Irish rural drama is a parody of Edith Piaf. But Stapleton, singing ‘La Vie en Rose’ and speaking in Franglais, is all Gallic sexiness, luxuriating in a French accent, and conveying what an unsophisticated Irish girl might not otherwise be able to” ???? Irish Examiner
“A fast-paced, witty, and intensely emotional tale filled with laughter, loss and despair” ???? Irish Times
“Stapleton is a joy to watch and she knows her audience. Love, family and loss all combine at the finish to create a charming piece of theatre. Well worth the venture. A truly enjoyable show” ???? The Public Reviews
“..a testament to Stapleton’s skills as an imaginative and animated storyteller” – The
“Often hilarious, spectacularly humane and still keeping the bizarre elements in the mix….Noni Stapleton is a rising star” – Cork Evening Echo


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