11 - 12

September, 2024

8:00 pm

€18 - €20

About the event

A Q&A will take place following the performance on Wednesday September 11th


What’s the worst first date you’ve ever had?


Following sold out runs of LOVESONG and THE FLAGS


Red ‘n Blue Theatre Company present




A dark comedy by award winning writer, John Morton


There was a boy and a girl and somehow, they met.

Lily doesn’t get out much.

Tom finds it hard to meet new people.

And now they’re having their first date.

Lily cooks a three-course meal.

Tom brings flowers and wine.

On the surface, everything seems fine.

But in the modern world, dating is a surprisingly complex thing with a lot of unwritten rules.

There are certain things you shouldn’t do on a first date.

And then there are certain things you shouldn’t do at all.


Recommended age 14+



Review by John Arnold

The Echo, November 23rd, 2023




“John Morton’s play ‘Taboo’ opened this week in the Cork Arts and Theatre (CAT) Club and continues its run until Saturday November 25th, curtain up at 8pm. 

Morton’s clever and slick play was first produced in Dublin in 2016. Now seven years later, with a few minor alterations, Taboo has come South and wow what a production. The Red ’n Blue Theatre Company have taken this two-hander and turned it into a wonderful piece of comic yet tragic, hilarious yet poignant, dramatic tour de force.  With a most gorgeous setting -the dining room of Lily, this play seems like the tale of a first date of two who’ve been a while off the dating roundabout. Lily is in a frenzy over having everything just spot on for the visit of Tom-she met him less than two weeks ago! Cooking a three-course meal, a spot of close dancing and some retro music from a cassette player seem like the right ingredients for an evening of gastronomic romance.  Lily, played by Jenny Fennessy, is eager and has all possible scenarios covered with a variety of possible introductions for her possible suitor. She has a multi-layered and complex persona, and her deftness of hand is stunning. Tom (Dylan Kennedy) wants to make a good impression in his own peculiar way. One minute there is magnetism between the couple, the next a vast gulf in outlook and thought. There are more twists and turns in Taboo than on the Ring of Kerry.

Occasionally in a production full of mood swings and apparent contradictions the pace can lag and be uneven. Not so here as the production is excellent. Both Tom and Lily have their own personal stories which unfold with a heady mixture of hilarity, pathos and unimaginable surprises.  Shane Dempsey is Director with Emely Tenhagen Stage manager and Jamie Feehily on Lighting. The intimate setting of the CAT Club ensures that the audience are literally ‘in the room’ with the couple on stage and this will apply also when the show moves to the Palace Theatre in Fermoy for just two nights, Thursday December 7th and Friday December the 8th. Taboo should not be missed and runs in the CAT Club until this coming Saturday night November 25th.”

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