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The Man In The Woman’s Shoes: A one man show written and performed by Mikel Murfi

The Man in the Womans Shoes by Mikel Murphy


  • Friday 02 October 8:00pm

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€20/€18 Conc.
Duration 75 mins
Suitable for 12+

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Set in October 1978 – Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town.

The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. It is a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and widely praised. The show is funny, tender and at times downright daft.

Originally commissioned by The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo and Sligo Co.Council Arts Service as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012, The Man In The Woman’s Shoes has toured to Manhattan and Philadelphia in 2015 as well as a sell out, three week run at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage in Dublin. In 2016 it returned to NYC and also played to full houses over three weeks at the Tricycle Theatre in London. It played again at the Irish Arts Centre in NYC in Sept/ Oct 2018 and has been touring Ireland ever since.

Astonishing acting….”  New York Times

Extraordinary physical performance…sharp observational comedy”  Sunday Times

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A miniature masterpiece   Times of London

Production Pic. Credit Vitaliy Piltser. TheManInTheWomansShoes-37
Production Pic. Credit Vitaliy Piltser.

Loco and Reckless Productions is an Irish theatre, TV and film Production Company. It has produced TV for young audiences for RTE, a revival of Lennox Robinson’s play The Far Off Hills for Nomad Theatre Network and two one man shows – The Man In The Woman’s Shoes and I Hear You and Rejoice written and performed by Mikel Murfi.

Mikel Murfi

Originally from Sligo, Mikel Murfi trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.
His performances in theatre include Swan Lake/ Loch na hEala (Teac Damsa); The Man in The Woman’s Shoes (Loco and Reckless Productions); The Last Hotel and Ballyturk (Galway Arts Festival/Landmark/Wide Open Opera); The New Electric Ballroom (Druid); The Chairs (Blue Raincoat Theatre); Morning After Optimism, Playboy of the Western World (Peacock Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (Abbey Theatre) Giselle, Rite of Spring and Petrushka (Fabulous Beast) Desire Under The Elms (Lyric, Hammersmith).

Film work includes The Ballad of Kid Kanturk, Intermission, Sweety Barrett, The Butcher Boy, Love and Rage, Guiltrip and most recently Jimmy’s Hall. As a director Druma and John Duffy’s Brother.

Directing work includes Toraiocht (Fíbín); The Walworth Farce, Penelope (Druid); Trad, The Great Goat Bubble (Galway Arts Festival); The Country Girls (Red Kettle); Diamonds in the Soil (Macnas); Waiting for Godot (Theatre Du Pif, Hong Kong); The Far Off Hills (Nomad Theatre Network).

Mikel is one of Ireland’s leading physical theatre performers and directors and is available for post show discussions and masterclasses/workshops.

Eithne Hand

Eithne Hand (Producer) is an award-winning radio producer and writer. She has written and produced four radio dramas for RTÉ Radio. Her radio documentary,Voicejazz, won the Prix Italia for Best Work on Music. She was Head of RTÉ Radio 1 from 2003-2006. From 2014 to 2018 she curated the First Thought talks strand of the Galway International Arts Festival and as an independent producer she worked with Gay Byrne on his Sunday Jazz program on RTÉ lyric FM. She is currently producing The Man In The Woman’s Shoes and I Hear You and Rejoice for Loco and Reckless Productions. Her first poetry collection FOX TROUSERS was published by Salmon Press in June 2020