The Manny

A dark comedy about an Irish male nanny who works for rich single mums in West London.

Manny is enjoying a Peter Pan-esque lifestyle of well-paid cash in hand work & settling for meaningless dates with women who harmonise happy birthday with their eyes closed, just to disguise himself from the fact that he’s letting life go by without following any real purpose, or allowing himself to really feel anything substantial or lasting.

Throughout the story, he meets Molly, an actress disillusioned with life, as she sells beetroot brownies in Borough market, as opposed to playing Cleopatra on Broadway, & becomes an unlikely role model for Michael, a 7 year old spoilt, seemingly irredeemable product of a loveless marriage.

All three characters face a potential future of unrequited dreams, and all three will have their lives changed by the events that occur.

Duration | 70 mins approx. (no interval) 

Content Warning | Themes of anxiety, depression, displacement, some strong language & sexual references.


“McArdle offers a full-throttle performance but knows exactly when to slam on the brakes”

★★★★★ The Recs

“The Manny is a good example of new writing; catching a principle theme and performing it with ease” ★★★★ Broadway World

“The writing is sure-footed, switching between the hide-and-seek game and the colourful backstory.” ★★★★ Irish Independent

“This work is particularly well crafted and delivered with some panache.”  ★★★★ No More Workhorse

“McArdle is funny, his comedic timing is excellent… including skillfully letting jokes sit with the audience”

★★★★ Everything Theatre

“Captivating, enthralling & meaningful… with a dash of dark & brilliant banter”

★★★★ Fringe Theatre Reviews

“Serves it up with sharp instinct and candid revelation, unsparing and unfiltered in his examination.” ★★★★ Lost in Theatreland


Actor, Writer & Producer | Sam McArdle

Director | Mel Fullbrook

Sound Designer | Charlie Smith

Lighting Designer | Can Avni

Stage Manager – Lighting and Sound Operator – Matt McGowan

Past Performances

Classical Guitar Recital with John Feeley
Sun / 19 May
Described by the Washington Post as 'Ireland's leading classical guitarist'...
The Grand Stretch: Dan Astro X Dora Gola with Aoibheann Boyle
Sat / 18 May
Join us for an electrifying evening, featuring the dynamic duo of Dan Astro...
The Frank & Walters – Acoustic Duo
Sat / 11 May
The Frank and Walters are out on the road for a series of intimate acoustic...