Category - Theatre
Date - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:00 pm

DATE: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

TIME: 8.00pm

TICKETS: €15/12 


After 4 unprecedented sellout shows in Westport Town Hall in January and May 2019, Irish actor-writer Mikel Murfi returns with his enormously big-hearted, ridiculously energetic one-man show “The Man in The Woman’s Shoes” to Westport on September 18th & 19th. Shortlisted for the Irish Theatre Awards, and following rave reviews from the New York Times, The London Times and The Sunday Times – this is a one-actor show that is not to be missed. For 75 minutes, Murfi talks pretty much non-stop, making real the inner voice of his character, Pat Farnon – a rather animated cobbler. Other characters come thick and fast as Murfi acts out the endless folk who Pat meets during the day or who he remembers on his travels.
Described as Extraordinary physical performance steeped in sharp observational comedy – this is a play not to be missed in Westport.
Winner: Stewart Parker/ BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama Award 2013
Winner: Writers Guild of Ireland (Zebby) Award 2014: Best Theatre Script
Shortlisted: Irish Times Theatre Awards: Best New Play 2013
“Astonishing Acting….” – The New York Times
“A miniature masterpiece” – The Times of London
“Extraordinary physical performance…sharp observational comedy” – The Sunday Times
The show was created with the support of the Sligo County Council Arts Service and The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo as part of the Bealtaine Festival for Creativity in older people.
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes has toured extensively in Ireland since 2012. It has played twice in NYC at the Irish Arts Centre in Manhattan. It ran for three weeks at The Tricycle Theatre, London in 2016 to full houses.

A new companion piece called I Hear You and Rejoice premiered in January 2017 and has been touring Ireland and returned to Tricycle, London to five star reviews. 


Originally from Sligo, Mikel Murfi trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

Stage acting includes: Swan Lake (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 OptimismPlayboy of the Western World (Peacock Theatre);  The Comedy of ErrorsThe Tempest (Abbey Theatre) Giselle, Rite of Spring and Petrushka (Fabulous Beast) Desire Under The Elms (Lyric, Hammersmith).

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).

Film includesThe 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.