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The Fattest Dancer at St. Bernadette's

A lament by TKB


  • Playwright

    Thommas Kane Byrne 

  • Synopsis

    It's the day before Julian La Blanc's School of Dance and Drama's annual showcase and everything is falling apart. Julian has absolutely had it with these little wagons with their spiky fingers and their sickled feet. They haven't a patch on him in his day. He could have been a star. A real bleedin' contender he was. Where did it all go wrong? How did he end up in St. Bernadette's Parish Hall, Ballybough? Point your toes, pay your fees and he just might tell you. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    For the premiere production, the character of Paula O'Shea was played by a different actress each night.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    19 September 2018

  • Production Notes

    Produced as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.

  • Producer

    Produced by The Breadline Collective

  • Original Venue

    The Lir

Original Cast  
Julian La Blanc Thommas Kane Byrne
Paula O'Shea Kate Gilmore
Paula O'Shea Neili Conroy
Paula O'Shea Margaret McAuliffe
Paula O'Shea Kate Stanley Brennan
Paula O'Shea Hilda Fay
Lexi-May Brooke Grey
Phoenix Moriarty Amber Arkins
Cheyenne O'Shea Morgan Preston
Billie Jean Rooney Lexie O'Leary
Janice Brean Ciara Ivie
Paula O'Shea Janet Moran
Production Team  
Director Clare Maguire
Producer Ericka Roe
Producer Thommas Kane Byrne
Choreographer Alysia Arkins
Lighting Designer Eoin Byrne
Creative Consultant Laura Honan
Chaperone Shauna Kane Byrne
Operator Laura Conlon
Operator Courtney Black
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Thommas Kane Byrne

  • Address

    32 Killarney Court
    Killarney Street
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)85 1509698

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.