The Man in the Woman’s ShoesWritten and performed by Mikel Murfi
Winner Zebby Award (Irish Writers Guild) for Best Theatre Script 2013
Winner of Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award 2013
Nominated for Best New Play Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014
It’s 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 as he walks the five miles from his white cottage to town and back again. He meets unforgettable characters along the way, including water diviner Huby Patterson, GAA enthusiast extraordinaire Kitsy Rainey, big voiced Casimir Marshall, an array of farmers all named Gilmartin and Kemp, a man whose idea of a good time is to direct traffic wherever he may find it. Pat may be an aging man but he has a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft, The Man in The woman’s Shoes, will leave you uplifted and in love with life again.
"I think none of us is old, me heart has never been old ..."
The Man in the Woman's Shoes was written by and stars Mikel Murfi. It was originally commissioned by the Hawk's Well Theatre in Sligo with Sligo County Council Arts Service for the Bealtaine Festival in 2012 and has toured extensively to venues around Ireland. It won the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award in 2013, was nominated for Best New Play in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014 and won a Zebby award (Irish Writers Guild) for best theatre script in 2013. The play toured to the Irish Arts Center in New York from February 24 – March 14 2015 and then returned to the Peacock stage for a 3 week run in April. This award-winning play has toured extensively and returns to the Hawk's Well prior to its debut run in London in April 2016. Early booking is advised.
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.
'...this is a high-top performance' - New York Times Review - March 2015
'...a physical comedian, blessed with plastic features, and with the vocal range of a ventriloquist, .... As an author Murfi knows how to bring a script to the edge of pathos or nostalgia without tipping the balance' - Irish Theatre Magazine Review - May 2008
“Murfi makes sheep, pigs, dogs, and even bees, come to life." Irish Theatre Magazine
"An enchanting show… Hilarious…One of the most delightful theatrical experiences I've had in a long time." Gay Byrne
"I absolutely loved the play and Mikel's performance. There is such humanity, compassion, humour and wisdom in it and he has found the universal in the local. " Gabriel Byrne