Druid in a co-production with Galway Arts Festival, Quinnipiac University Connecticut, Lincoln Center Festival, and NUI Galway presents
DruidMurphy - Plays by Tom Murphy
(Galway Arts Festival)
DRUIDMURPHY is the story of Irish emigration; a story both of those who went and those who were left behind. Told through three of the greatest plays of Tom Murphy; Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine, DruidMurphy is a major celebration of one of Ireland’s most respected living dramatists.
Crossing oceans and spanning decades, DruidMurphy covers the period from The Great Hunger of the 19th century to the ‘new’ Ireland of the 70s, exploring what we mean when we call a place home.
Druid’s previous large scale projects include the Tony Award-winning Leenane Trilogy by Martin McDonagh and the company’s staging of the work of JM Synge, DruidSynge.
About The Plays
Conversations on a Homecoming
It’s County Galway in the 1970s and even the humblest of small-town pubs can be a magnet for dreamers. Michael, after a ten-year absence, suddenly returns from New York and has a reunion with old friends. Faced with the changes the years have wrought, they begin a process of self-discovery.
A Whistle in the Dark
It’s 1960 and Michael Carney is an Irish emigrant living in Coventry, England with his wife, Betty. He has given lodgings to his three brothers and the imminent arrival of his father and younger brother cause tensions to boil over.
It’s 1846 in Glanconnor village in the west of Ireland and the second crop of potatoes fails. The community now faces the real prospect of starvation. John Connor, head of the family and leader of the village, is surrounded by starvation and poverty. He will do the right thing – by himself, by God and by his family.
DruidMurphy On Tour
DruidMurphy is the biggest touring project in Irish theatre in 2012 and is on tour in Ireland, England and USA between May – October 2012. For full details see http://www.druid.ie/druidmurphy/overview
NOTE: The DruidMurphy cycle days are anticipated as being one of the theatrical highlights of 2012 and are selling fast.
|VENUE||Town Hall Theatre|
|DATE||Mon 23rd to Sat 28th Jul|
|TICKETS:||Single shows €18 - €25
Cycle €50 - €60