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 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.
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.