Tess McManus plays Mary, a young Irish girl from Letterkenny who is having second thoughts about taking part in the town’s annual donkey derby. What is a donkey derby? It’s an annual event where the town nominates the three people who least want to ride the three most stubborn donkeys around a track and compete for a golden turnip that isn’t even gold – it’s just unripe! In this tale of a girl facing her social anxiety (something akin to a theatrical chick flick, but in a good way), McManus recounts her life as a young girl living in Ireland during The Troubles. Whether it be describing her creative methods of getting detention, her childhood crush on Murphy Donovan, or her dream of learning to play Thunderstruck by AC/DC on the banjo, McManus thoroughly entertains the audience
On game shows, contestants are sometimes offered a choice of prizes between, say, a new washer-dryer set or whatever is in The Mystery Box. If you are the kind of person who always chooses The Mystery Box because you love the thrill of not knowing what you’re going to get, then the show Late Night Cabaret is for you. The show runs every night of the festival and features a different set of performers from other Fringe shows. Like The Mystery Box, every performance offers a tempting surprise, and you never know who might be there.