My Left Nut
My Left Nut is 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?
In early 2017 Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney sat down to discuss applying for the “Show in a Bag" theatre programme. 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 regaling 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 father’s 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, heart-warming and poignant play, which has as much to say about motherhood as it does masculinity.
Age guidance: 12+ (at parent/guardian discretion). Duration: approx 60 mins
★ ★ ★ ★ 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"
"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."