DruidMurphy: Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, Famine

Druid presents DruidMurphy in a co-production with Quinnipiac University Connecticut, NUI Galway, Lincoln Center Festival and 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 HomecomingA Whistle in the Dark and FamineDruidMurphy 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.

Conversations on a homecoming

County Galway, West of Ireland – 1970s

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, in that same pub “The White House”.

A Whistle In The Dark 

Coventry, England – 1960 

Irish emigrants, the uprooted Carney family, adapt aggressively to life in an English city.


County Mayo, West of Ireland – 1846 

In Glanconnor village in the west of Ireland, the second crop of potatoes fails. The community now faces the real prospect of starvation.

See each of the plays individually over three evenings or experience all three plays together in a single day from 1.30pm – 10.15pm. The DruidMurphy cycle day includes an afternoon and an evening break, starting in the afternoon with Conversations on a Homecoming and A Whistle in the Dark and finishing with Famine in the evening. 

These DruidMurphy cycle days are anticipated as being one of the theatrical highlights of 2012 and are already selling fast.



  • Dada/ Father Daly/ 1st Policeman / Villager Niall Buggy
  • Liam/ Harry/ Mickeleen O'Leary Aaron Monaghan
  • Junior/ Iggy/ Captain Shine/ 2nd Policeman/ Villager Rory Nolan
  • Tom/ Hugo/ Malachy O'Leary/ Villager Garrett Lombard
  • Michael/ Michael/Father Horan/ Villager Marty Rea
  • Missus/ Mother (Sinéad Connor) Marie Mullen
  • Peggy/ Betty / Dan's Wife/ Villager Eileen Walsh
  • Anne/ Maeve Connor Beth Cooke
  • Des/ Liam Dougan Gavin Drea
  • Mush/ Mark Dineen/ Justice of the Peace Michael Glen Murphy
  • Mr Simmington / Villager Edward Clayton
  • John Connor Brian Doherty
  • Keener/ Villager Treasa Ní Mhiolláin
  • Dan O'Dea John OLohan
  • Brian O'Riordan/ Clancy Frank O'Sullivan
  • Donaill Connor Isaac O'Sullivan ( Galway, London, Dublin, Washington), Joseph Ward ( Galway, New York, Oxford)

Creative Team

  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Designer Francis O’Connor
  • Costume Designer Joan O’Clery
  • Lighting Chris Davey
  • Sound Gregory Clarke
  • Composer Sam Jackson
  • Movement Director David Bolger
  • Dramaturgy Thomas Conway
  • Casting Director Maureen Hughes
  • Fight Director Malcom Ranson

Production Team

  • General Manager Tim Smith
  • Production manager Eamonn Fox/ Barry O'Brien
  • Tour Manager Sarah Lynch
  • Stage Manager Paul Tierney/ Breege Brennan
  • Assistant Stage Manager Craig Flaherty
  • Costume Supervisor Doreen McKenna
  • Costume Assistant Amanda Donovan
  • Wigs and Make Up Val Sherlock
  • Master Carpenter Gus Dewar
  • Deck Chief Pete Nelson
  • Production Electrician Shannon Light
  • Set Construction TPS
  • Scenic Painters Sandra Butler