I hear you and RejoiceWritten and performed by Mikel Murfi
Late in his life, a man called Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey who is everything that Pat isn’t. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one …
‘I Hear You and Rejoice’ is an account of one of the most unlikely marriages of all time - “the ups, the downs and the beyond the beyonds.” This show is a second commission and collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, the Hawk’s Well Theatre and actor Mikel Murfi. It follows a previous commission ‘The Man In The Woman’s Shoes’. Both shows were created for the Bealtaine Festival Sligo, with funding from Sligo County Council, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, HSE West and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Photo credit Vitaliy Piltser
About Mikel Murfi:
Mikel is from Sligo. He trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As an actor his work at the Abbey and Peacock Theatres includes The Playboy of The Western World, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors and The Morning After Optimism. He was a founding member of ‘Barabbas … The Company’. Mikel most recently appeared in The Man in The Woman’s Shoes, a one man show he devised with members of active age groups in County Sligo. He played in The Clerk and The Clown by Mark Doherty at the Galway Arts Festival and in Ionescu’s The Chairs, with the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. He appeared in Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom for Druid Theatre Company which won a Fringe First, a Herald Angel Award and a Best Supporting Actor award for Mikel in The Irish Times Theatre awards. He has directed Diamonds in the Soil and The Lost Days of Ollie Deasy for Macnas. He directed Trad for Galway Arts Festival which went on to win a Fringe First in Edinburgh before touring internationally. Mikel directed the Enda Walsh plays Penelope and The Walworth Farce for Druid both of which won Fringe Firsts in Edinburgh . He directed The Country Girls for Red Kettle. Mikel also collaborated with the Hawk’s Well theatre on the recent production of ‘The Far Off Hills’ for Nomad Theatre Productions which toured to venues nationwide in 2014. Murfi has just starred opposite Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea in Ballyturk written and directed by Enda Walsh which played to sold-out houses in Galway, Dublin and at the National Theatre in London. He is a founding member of Barabbas Theatre Company and was last in New York when he directed Penelope by Enda Walsh at St. Ann’s Warehouse. His films include The Commitments,Guiltrip, The Butcher Boy, Ella Enchanted, Intermission and most recently Jimmy’s Hall directed by Ken Loach.