3 Plays by Claire Dowie

Why Is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt

written and performed by Claire Dowie

Claire Dowie’s multi award winning play Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt is a hilarious comedy of sexual stereotyping. A young woman grows up not wanting to be a girl “I want to be John Lennon!” Performed by Claire Dowie herself.

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 Arsehammers & Bonfire Night

written by Claire Dowie, performed by Cora Fenton

Arsehammers and Bonfire Night are performed by Cora Fenton who has had massive success with these shows around Ireland and Scotland. She is now returning to Cork and bringing Claire Dowie with her. The writer has heard such good reports about Cora’s performances that she wants to see the shows herself!


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Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?

A comic journey through female roles and dress codes via “the knicker factor” school discos and errant sperm through the eyes of one young woman who wants to be a Beatle.

“Claire Dowie’s one-person show was uplifting, eye-opening and a real treat of intellectual and emotional nourishment” ★★★★★ (The Latest)

SIX stars and Best of the Fest in the Edinburgh Evening News:

Claire Dowie’s award-winning comedy on sexual stereotyping is one of Fringe 2013 hidden gems … hilarious, angry, empowering, political, confused, tragic, subversive but most of all, human …

Tour de force performances are few and far between.

In this one-hour piece Dowie gives just that.

Still angry, still hilarious, and still right, Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? is phenomenal. This is not only a blistering rally cry for gender equality, but also a life-affirming piece of theatre.  

★★★★★ Whatspeenseen

Don’t miss “the inimitable Claire Dowie” perform this “breath-takingly funny satire” and London Fringe Award Winner 1991 Time Out



Straight on from its run at the Oran Mor in Glasgow and its Irish tour, CallBack theatre, is delighted to be back in Cork performing 2 hugely successful short plays ARSEHAMMERS & BONFIRE NIGHT. These plays have been so successful Claire Dowie is coming over to see them and perform herself!

4 stars The Herald Scotland

“THOROUGHLY COMPELLING” Irish Theatre Magazine

“TOP CLASS COMEDY” Munster Express

Script:  Stagecraft:   Performance: Mumble Theatre Review

Starring Cora FentonExceptional performance” – The Irish Mail on Sunday. ‘Amazing’ – RTE’s The View.

Directed by John Sheehy 5 Stars The Herald, writer & director of the critically acclaimed Fred & Alice, The Hole and Set in Stone.



“Having Arsehammers is magic. Sometimes you don’t have them and then, all of a sudden, bang, you have them again”.

An endearing tale of a child who is sure that their grandfather’s strange disappearances reveal supernatural powers.

Slyly funny yet innately touching’ – The Herald Scotland



“If you hear a loud bang on bonfire night do you think it’s a firework….or a gun going off?”

A darkly comic gem about a devoted daughter, whose mother’s hip operation, sets off a chain of events that lead her to become the world’s most unlikely assassin.

rockets sky-high with witty malevolence’ – The Herald Scotland


In Arsehammers a youngster believes that granddad has developed an awesome super power but slowly realises what Arsehammers really is (don’t give it away or you’ll spoil it!)

On Bonfire Night a woman who has spent a lifetime putting her life on hold and caring for others is inspired to seek revenge.

All three plays are not only very funny but also very serious – underneath it all.



Claire Dowie’s work is performed all over the world and translated into many different languages. Her work is published by Methuen. Next year Methuen will publish her Plays for Young People, which includes her latest work Hard Working Families, written for and premiered by Stage2 Youth Theatre. The volume also contains Stage2’s large cast versions of three solo plays including Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt and Arsehammers.



Colin Watkeys directs all of Claire Dowie’s performances. He also directed the late great performer and comedian Ken Campbell.

John Sheehy the other half of CallBack theatre directs Cora’s performance and is also the writer/director of CallBack’s work to date including the hugely successful ‘Fred & Alice’


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