Award-winning actor and director takes The Man in the Woman’s Shoes to Roscommon

Award-winning actor and director Mikel Murfi is set to tour his one man show The Man in the Woman’s Shoes to 17 venues across Ireland this May, stopping in Roscommon for a performance at Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday May 3.

The show was commissioned by Sligo Arts Office and the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Beginning in 2013 Mikel travelled to meet with older people across county Sligo to gather stories. Tales emerged of characters who lived in Sligo town and county - characters who likely live in every part of Ireland. From the memories, tales, and experiences gifted to him, Mikel has made a show that brings these stories back to the people who told them in the first place.

Speaking about his experience making The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Sligo native Mikel, says, “I was commissioned to research a play with different groups of older folk and then to bring that work back to them, to perform the play for the various groups I’d met by way of sharing their creativity and hopefully also documenting their lives. It’s my way of honouring the wisdom and tenacity and most of all the gentle good humour in all of the people I met while creating the work. I hope that I’ve somehow captured the spirit of these people in the play.”

Mikel is an actor and director who has worked on some of the most celebrated Irish theatre productions of recent years.

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