By Michael Patrick & Oisin Kearney 



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Starring and co-written by Michael Patrick

Directed and co-written by Oisín Kearney

Producers – Una Nic Eoin, Stephen Coulter



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?


Winner: Summerhall Lustrum Award. Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Nominee: Bewley's Little Gem Award. Dublin Fringe 2017
Selected: The Guardian, one of the best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018
"Capturing the bluster and terror of life as a teenage boy, and boasting a fantastically expressive performance by Patrick, My Left Nut is an astute look at measuring up to ideas of masculinity"

First Performed at The Dublin Fringe Festival, September 2017

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.

A wide-eyed, glorious, moving and enchanting coming of age tale
— The Sunday Independent


Interviews and Articles

  • “My testicle was so big you could play it like a bongo” - The Guardian

  • "Belfast Actor Turns teenage turmoil into play on masculinity" - Irish Times

  • "It was the size of a giant avacado, Belfast actor opens up about his swollen testicle" - Irish Independent

  • Sharing the Joke - Sunday Times

  • 'It's cathartic to tell my story' - Irish News

  • "We need more stories that tell men it’s alright to be vulnerable" - Irish Examiner

  • Edinburgh Fringe Q&A - The Herald


★ ★ ★ ★  The Irish Sunday Times
"laughing one minute, crying the next... a terrific performance of a touching story"
★ ★ ★ ★  The Stage
"so much energy in the writing it’s almost exhausting. Patrick’s startlingly physical performance reflects this frenzy of adolescence"
★ ★ ★ ★  Broadway Baby
An undoubted and wonderfully entertaining tour de force that deserves to be seen sooner rather than later."
★ ★ ★ ★  Fest Magazine
"buckets of humour and poignancy... an excellent show about growing up and learning to look after yourself in spite of stigma."
★ ★ ★ ★  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."
★ ★ ★ ★  Musical Theatre Musings
 brilliantly written... you're laughing along with Michael one moment and the next he comes out with something so poignant it stops you in your tracks."
★ ★ ★ ★ 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"
Monthly Entertainment Guide
"by far, the funniest and most heart-breaking piece of work I have seen at The Dublin Fringe... A fantastically innovative piece of work which expertly combines comedy and tragedy"
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"
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."