19 Aug–20 Aug

Charolais by Noni Stapleton (2021)


Presented by The Everyman
19-20 Aug 2021

Live at Elizabeth Fort

The Everyman presented Charolais by Noni Stapleton as part of The Everyman Outdoors at Elizabeth Fort programme.

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 played 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.

Press Reaction:

★★★★★ “It is a sweet treat of a script too, affectionate, grounded, and steamy with activity in the cowshed… Charolais is all heart” – Edinburgh 49

★★★★★ “It’s an unusual tale, as beautifully written as it is acted. This is truly an object lesson in characterisation.” – Bouquets & Brickbats (Edinburgh Fringe 2015)

★★★★ “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.” –  The 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

Creative Team

Written and performed by Noni Stapleton
Directed/Developed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh

Age recommendation: 14 + Accompanied by an adult
Trigger Warnings: Strong language | Themes of an adult nature

The Everyman Outdoors programme is supported by Cork City Council and The Arts Council.