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
  • Touring Ireland from April - June (full dates below)
  • 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.

My Left Nut Trailer

2018 Dates

To book tickets for each of our touring venues, please click on the name of the theatre below.

March 12th - 7th April - Bewley's Café Theatre

13th - GREYSTONES - Whale Theatre
19th & 20th - LIMERICK - Belltable
26th - SLIGO - The Hawk's Well
5th - LETTERKENNY - An Grianan Theatre
9th - NEWBRIDGE - Riverbank
10th - GALWAY - Town Hall Theatre
16th - DÚN LAOGHAIRE - Pavilion
24th - CASTLEBAR - Linenhall Arts Centre
2nd - LISTOWEL - Listowel Writers Week
9th - CARLOW - Carlow Arts Festival

We are currently planing our Autumn tour, and hope to tour Northern Ireland and other areas of Ireland we missed. If you're a theatre who would like the show, please get in touch! See ways to contact us here

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"
Sunday Independent
"a wide-eyed, glorious, moving tale of a "little man" becoming a man... Michael Patrick plays the one-man piece with a combination of earnestness, verve and endearingly overwhelming charm"
No More Workhorse
"a substantial piece of theatre. It highlights a mature relationship between a mother and son with an immense sense of respect and love... While exceedingly funny, it is also serious. Go and see it"
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"
Theatre NI Young Critic
"filled with energy and gut-busting comedy... It was to no surprise when Patrick delivered the closing line and the stage faded to black, a standing ovation was immediately seen."

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