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The Manny


  • 30 Apr - 4 May // 8:15pm & 1pm (Wed, May 1st)
  • Studio Theatre
  • €20 & €18 concession

A dark comedy about an Irish male nanny who works for rich single mums in West London.

Manny is enjoying a Peter Pan-esque lifestyle of well-paid cash in hand work and settling for meaningless dates with women who harmonise happy birthday with their eyes closed. All just to disguise himself from the fact that he’s letting life go by without following any real purpose.

He meets Molly, an actress disillusioned with life, as she sells beetroot brownies in Borough market (as opposed to playing Cleopatra on Broadway). Soon Manny becomes an unlikely role model for Michael, a 7 year old spoilt, seemingly irredeemable product of a loveless marriage.

All three face a potential future of unrequited dreams, and all three will have their lives changed by the events that occur.


Actor, Writer & Producer | Sam McArdle
Director | Mel Fullbrook
Sound Designer | Charlie Smith
Lighting Designer, Stage Manager & Operator | Can Avni

Artwork & Poster Design | Rebecca Need Menear, Jesper Tielbeke & Jonny Murphy
Rehearsal Photography | James Corrigan

“McArdle offers a full-throttle performance but knows exactly when to slam on the brakes” ★★★★★ The Recs

“The writing is sure-footed, switching between the hide-and-seek game and the colourful backstory.” ★★★★ Irish Independent

“This work is particularly well crafted and delivered with some panache.” ★★★★ No More Workhorse

“Captivating, enthralling & meaningful… with a dash of dark & brilliant banter” ★★★★ Fringe Theatre Reviews

Image Credit – Gabriel Bush

Presented By: Sam McArdle
Duration: 70mins. No Interval
Age Suitability: 16+. Contains themes of anxiety, depression, displacement, some strong language & sexual references.



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