The Bad Daters

Theatre (dark comedy, new writing)

  • theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Theatre 2
  • 16:05
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Felix Culpa Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Wendy and Liam embark on a first date both assume is doomed for failure. Wendy is forced into the date by her over-protective sister. Liam is forced into the date by a cursed past which dictates that he must continually make an effort. Can they survive the date, and move on from hearing the hilarious and annoyingly heartbreaking truth about themselves? Can Wendy and Liam find a connection that may lead them to a second date? A deliciously dark Irish comedy by Derek Murphy, starring Sarah Maria Lafferty and Brian Gallagher.

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karen schmitt 96 days ago

The whole audience was laughing throughout the show! The actors had excellent comedic timing! Very funny traditional Irish style of humor.

Rosemary Lafferty 99 days ago

Very funny show!!

Cillian Lawlor 99 days ago

Fantastic show. Very funny and heartfelt at times as well. Highly recommend.

Siobhan Massey 100 days ago

Brilliantly funny dialogue and fabulous performances. Laughed out loud throughout. Thanks to all involved.

Brian 100 days ago

This is one I chose as a bit of a filler between other shows. It was a good choice, very witty and a great performance by both actors.

Fran Horwich 101 days ago

Witty, poignant and engaging. We were really rooting for this pair to make it!
Lovely chemistry between two excellent comic actors. I’m

Richard Mellish 102 days ago

I agree with earlier reviews. One of the best shows that I have seen this year.

Silviu Petrescu 102 days ago

We’ve all been on first dates which weren’t the greatest but the combination of personalities and funny dialogue from this play is something to behold. Without giving up too much of the story lets just say this is a joy from start to finish. Do they stand a chance? That’s for you to find out! Sarah Lafferty and Brian Gallagher bring these characters to life with a lot of humour and emotion which is a testament to their artistic prowess. Don’t miss this one at the 2023 Fringe!

Marc 103 days ago

One of the best shows at the Fringe in a long time. So poignant to modern day society. Extremely talented cast, and absolutely loved the dialogue from start to finish.

An absolute must see Fringe show of 2023!

Tony Tibbenham 105 days ago

A lovely tale of dysfunction and redemption delivered by two talented actors.

Wilson Kerr 106 days ago

Great play, very funny. Worth booking up.

Geoffrey Procter 107 days ago

This was a delightful surprise. An Irish rim com. Him a wounded positive gentle man. She the challenging and negative unsuccessful dater. The play follows them across a series of meetings dates. There are plenty of smiles and laughter along the way. It is both uplifting and well written 5 stars!

Fergus O'Callaghan 109 days ago

Great show, dark comedy with a real message. Touching, funny, sad but uplifting too. Sarah and Brian work great together and put in wonderful performances. Highly recommended!

Seán Delaney 109 days ago

I enjoyed this performance. The script was well written and interpreted admirably by both actors. Each portrayed their character's baggage and depth very well. They received plenty of deserved laughs from the audience and I came away feeling better for having seen it. Definitely a highlight of this year's fringe for me.

John O'Byrne 110 days ago

A brilliantly written and performed show. Fast-paced with lots of comedic twists and turns. A sharp-edged and witty perspective on the dating game. Highly recommended.

Amy MacClain 110 days ago

We loved this show. Funny, touching, and brilliantly performed by two actors with great comedic timing - and this was just the first week! Makes you feel hopeful about love and connection, even if you've got serious "issues". Highly recommended.

Paul Bryan 116 days ago

I think the beauty of the Edinburgh Fringe is that occasionally , quite by chance , it is possible to stumble across a gem of a show . Bad Daters is one such show . It is beautifully written and performed with a sensitivity seldom seen . The two actors demonstrate a subtle grasp of their character's situation enabling the audience to immerse themselves in the work . It's fun . See it .

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Refreshingly blunt, her observations on dating are sharp.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

Derek Murphy has written the perfect “Murphy’s law” kind of encounter and Gallager and Lafferty bring it home. Makes you want to take a second look at online dating.

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@theroamingreader 107 days ago

Dating is not for the faint hearted and neither Wendy nor Liam had a faint heart in this hilarious play.

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