MY LEFT NUT by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.
400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?
- Coming to Bewley's Café Theatre in Dublin from 12th March - 7th April
- Further Tour Dates to be announced soon
- First Performed at The Dublin Fringe Festival, September 2017
- Starring and co-written by Michael Patrick
- Directed and co-written by Oisín Kearney
- Initially created through the Show in a Bag programme, supported by Fishamble, The Irish Theatre Institute and The Dublin Fringe Festival with additional support from Prime Cut Productions reveal programme.
We will be at Bewley's Café Theatre in Dublin from 12th March - 7th April. The show premiered here at The Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 and we are very excited to be back.
We are currently finalising our other tour dates, and will announce them soon. We will be travelling all over Ireland between April and June.
How it came about
In early 2017 Michael and Oisín sat down to discuss applying for "Show in a Bag". Michael had so many brilliant ideas for a one man show, but Oisín promptly told him they were all terrible and they gave up. After a few pints Michael began regailing Oisín with stories of his childhood, and the time he developed a giant swelling on his testicle and all the ridiculous and crazy stories which happened because of it. Oisín turned to Michael and said "tell that story".
So they did.
It was only in writing the play that they realised it wasn't really a silly comedy about giant balls. It's really about Michael coming to terms with his fathers death, realising the strength his mother had in raising four children on her own, and figuring out what it means to be a man.
With the help of Mentor Director Emma Jordan and Dramaturg Gavin Kostick they have created a hilarious, heartwarming and poignant play, which has as much to say about motherhood as it does masculinity.
★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Sunday Times
"laughing one minute, crying the next... a terrific performance of a touching story"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish Times
"Intimacy Through Comedy"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub
"My Left Nut is what fringe theatre is all about; it’s an hour of fresh, pure entertainment that shouldn’t be missed."
★ ★ ★ ★ TN2
"heart-warming and charming, a documentation of the struggle to find one’s true self in the face of personal trauma"
The Red Curtain Review
"brilliant, entertaining, funny, thoughtful and touching... a wonderful theatrical work in all senses"
Monthly Entertainment Guide
"by far, the funniest and most heart-breaking piece of work I have seen at The Fringe... A fantastically innovative piece of work which expertly combines comedy and tragedy"
Interviews and Articles
- Michael's interview with Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1 - Listen Here
- Michael and Oisín's interview with Neil Delamere on Today FM - Listen Here
- "Belfast Actor Turns teenage turmoil into play on masculinity" - Irish Times - Read Here
- "It was the size of a giant avacado, Belfast actor opens up about his swollen testicle" - Irish Independent - Read Here
@myleftnutplay is so bloody good. Nostalgic, hilarious, heartfelt, entirely specific whilst being completely universal at the same time. A wonderful piece of theatre from @micktheejit and @OisinKearney - Adored it.— Mike Hooley (@hooleymike) December 7, 2017
Rarely tweet but this deserves it. If anyone gets the chance to go see @myleftnutplay take the opportunity. A great story with incredible acting. 10 outta 10 - guaranteed laughs and maybe a few years— Chris (@Fluff1892) December 9, 2017
Delighted to have caught the last Fringe performance of @myleftnutplay ...hilarious and incredibly moving!— Niamh Murphy (@niamhmurphy0) September 23, 2017
@myleftnutplay has a wonderful one-man physicality & is hilarious as it is poignant. Much more than just a story about balls! Go see it— C Mitchel (@cmmitchel) September 13, 2017