The Nualas’ Big Shiny Christmas Show

Report by Heike O’Sullivan

The excitement is building as Christmas is just around the corner, not even six weeks away. Children are already writing their letters to Santa Claus, their parents are planning the Christmas meal. Hopefully, you will show loyalty to Kenmare’s businesses again this year and buy local wherever you can, and patronise one of our many fine restaurants when thinking about your Christmas Party Nights or office end-of-year celebrations.
How about some entertainment after your dinner and before ending your night sipping cocktails? Kenmare’s fabulous venue that is the Carnegie Arts Centre is welcoming back Ireland’s favourite all-female, musical comedy trio The Nualas on Friday, 1st December. The Nualas last visited the Carnegie in early 2015 and they are now returning with their Big Shiny Christmas Show which is bound to live up to its name.
Ever since The Nualas first got together back in 1995, their very special brand of humour has seen them enjoy great success, not only in Ireland and the UK but also as far away as Australia and Asia. As they say themselves, their “unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned songs and provocative perspective on everything from spanx to hors d’oeuvres to global apocalypse has wowed audiences from Singapore to Moate”. If you haven’t seen The Nualas on stage before, you might be familiar with them from RTE or BBC radio and television where they’ve performed hits such as ‘Bridget The Nun’, ‘Yummy Mummy Blues’ and ‘Sexy Farm Song’.
The Nualas’ line-up has changed during the last twenty-odd years but two founding members, Anne Gildea and Susan Collins, have remained throughout. When The Nualas re-launched in 2011 after a ten year break during which, according to Anne, they did “grown-up things like get married, have children and get breast-cancer”, Anne and Sue were joined by Italian-American singer and actress Maria Tecce.
Writer, performer and actress Anne Gildea (Brunette Nuala) is probably best known to the Irish public through her column with The Irish Mail on Sunday, her novel ‘Deadlines and D***heads’, her autobiography ‘I’ve Got Cancer, What’s Your Excuse?’, and her TV documentary ‘Breast Cancer: No Laughing Matter’.
Actress and comedienne Sue Collins (Blonde Nuala) enjoys her career in theatre where she met her husband Phelim Drew, son of Ronnie Drew. They are parents to four children. As a comedienne, Sue has worked alongside Dara Ó Briain, Ardal O’Hanlon and Dylan Moran.
Red-head Nuala and former horse wrangler Maria Tecce toured the world with her one-woman jazz cabaret shows. Living in Ireland since 1998, the Bostonian is known for her versatile tour-de-force performances and has shared the stage with performers as diverse as Dionne Warwick and Ronnie Drew. Maria has published three CDs between 2003 and 2010, and a DVD ‘Live in Prague’, and has also acted on television.
The Nualas are staging their brand-new Big Shiny Christmas Show at Kenmare’s Carnegie Arts Centre on Friday, 1st December at 8p.m. Tickets are €20 and group rates are available. Due to previous demand, it is highly recommended to book tickets well ahead of time by calling into the Carnegie, phoning 064 664 8701 or booking online at