Druidmurphy plays by tom murphy

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DruidMurphy: Plays by Tom Murphy by Tom Murphy

This collection brings together three of Tom Murphys finest plays, Famine, A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming. Together, they tell the story of Irish emigration - of those who went and those who were left behind. Crossing oceans and spanning decades, Murphys three plays cover the period from the Great Hunger of the nineteenth century to the new Ireland of the 1970s, exploring what we mean when we call a place home.

Conversations on a Homecoming: County Galway, 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, 1960
Irish emigrants, the uprooted Carney family, adapt aggressively to life in an English city.

Famine: County Mayo, 1846
In Glanconnor village in the west of Ireland, the second crop of potatoes fails. The community now faces the real prospect of starvation.

With an introduction by Dr Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway

DruidMurphy, presented by Druid in a co-production with Quinnipiac University Connecticut, NUI Galway, Lincoln Center Festival and Galway Arts Festival, marks a major celebration of one of Irelands most respected living dramatists and toured Ireland, London and the US in 2012.
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Druid Murphy – review

S urvivors of Gatz will not shrink at the idea of a nine-hour day spent watching three plays by the great Irish dramatist, Tom Murphy. Garry Hynes, who directs them for Galway's Druid company, is emphatic they should not be dubbed a trilogy, since they span 25 years of Murphy's writing life. But what emerges from this richly rewarding event, which tours Ireland, the US and the UK until the end of October, is Murphy's obsession with emigration and its impact on Irish identity. You see this most clearly in Conversations on a Homecoming, staged by Hynes with a breathtaking poetic realism. Set in a run-down Galway bar in the s, it confronts Michael, returning after a year absence in New York, with his old drinking chums dominated by a cynical teacher, Tom. As in Conor McPherson's The Weir, the bar offers a microcosm of Irish life and what is extraordinary is how much of it Murphy packs in: the failed dreams, the love of drink, the male fear of women and the emergence of a bustling class of entrepreneurs. Beautifully played by Marty Rea as the returning Michael, Garrett Lombard as the embittered teacher and Eileen Walsh as the latter's eternal fiancee, the play pins down better than any work I know the Irish need to escape.

The county names are just as mellifluous as before, but the plays now contain torturers and sociopaths. And so Ms. Hynes is perhaps the ideal person to remind the world about Tom Murphy , the spiritual forebear of this younger, gnarlier cohort. Her Galway troupe, the Druid Theater Company , which arrives at the Lincoln Center Festival on July 5 fresh off a stay at the London Festival , is presenting three thematically linked plays by Mr. Murphy, 77, who has described writing as primarily an act of retaliation. Hynes, who has worked closely with him for more than 25 years. In 12 progressively nightmarish scenes Mr.

This year the company, based in Galway , returns to the festival with an equally ambitious production, three full-length dramas by the contemporary Irish writer Tom Murphy, whose modest renown in the United States is belied by the breathtaking variety and consistency of his work. The scope of Mr. Hynes has selected from its varied whole a cycle of plays that are tied loosely by the theme of emigration, rooted in the calamity of the potato famine of the s. As always with this remarkable company, the acting is of a quality to leave you dumbstruck with admiration: visceral, precise and saturated with raw wit and honest feeling, it represents ensemble work of the highest order. Hynes and her cast draw forth the vigorous humor, the explosive violence and the keening humanity of Mr. Lynch Theater — is structurally the simplest but perhaps the most resonant.

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Together, they tell the story of Irish emigration - of those who went and those who were left behind. Crossing oceans and spanning decades, Murphy's three plays cover the period from the Great Hunger of the nineteenth century to the 'new' Ireland of the s, exploring what we mean when we call a place 'home'. Conversations on a Homecoming : County Galway, s. 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'.

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    This collection brings together three of Tom Murphy's finest plays, Famine, A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming. Together.

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