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25 February 2013

Press Release: DruidMurphy wins 3 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

DruidMurphy receives three prestigious Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Best Production, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress

DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy, directed by Garry Hynes, widely billed and lauded as the theatrical highlight of 2012, won Best Production at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards on Sunday night. The Awards represent the best of Irish theatre in 2012. Aaron Monaghan took home Best Supporting Actor for his role as Liam in Conversations on a Homecoming while Marie Mullen won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Missus in the same production. Marie Mullen was also presented with the Special Tribute Award which acknowledged her contribution to Irish theatre. Garry Hynes led the tribute to Ms Mullen on the night.

Garry Hynes, Artistic Director, Druid on accepting the Best Production Award said:

”I’m delighted for everyone involved that DruidMurphy has received Best Production at this year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards. Druid’s relationship with the great Tom Murphy goes back almost thirty years and this award is dedicated to all the people who have come through Druid and worked on Tom’s plays throughout those years. Together they have contributed to what has culminated in DruidMurphy and we bow before Tom Murphy, one of the great writers of our time.”

The New York Times described the three play DruidMurphy cycle as “epic theater making”, the Irish Times as “world-class” with The Daily Telegraph going on to say “attendance should be obligatory”.

In April Druid will present its biggest tour yet when DruidMurphy: Conversations on a Homecoming and A Whistle in the Dark will be performed in Galway, Tralee, Dublin, Portlaoise, Ennis, Letterkenny, Longford, Dún Laoghaire and Limerick. Supported by an Arts Council touring grant and presented in association with the NASC network of regional theatres, audiences can enjoy a rare opportunity to see two Tom Murphy plays in repertory, either on alternate evenings or in a double bill. The Galway performances will run from April 12 – 20 at the Town Hall Theatre. Bookings can be made on www.tht.ie or 091 569 777. Bookings for the tour can be made online here.

Druid would like to acknowledge the support of The Arts Council who funded the original staging of this production. Druid would also like to acknowledge their co-producing partners on DruidMurphy – Quinnipiac University Connecticut, NUI Galway, Lincoln Center Festival and Galway Arts Festival.

2013 DruidMurphy Tour Schedule

April 12 – 20 | Town Hall Theatre, Galway
April 23 – 27 | Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
April 30 – May 11 | Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
May 14 – 18 | Dunamaise, Portlaoise
May 21 – 25 | Glór, Ennis
May 28 – June 1 | An Grianán, Letterkenny
June 4 – 8 | Backstage, Longford
June 11 – 15 | Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
June 18 – 22 | Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

What the critics said about DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy

The New York Times
“epic theater making… Saturated with raw wit and honest feeling”

“As always with this remarkable company, the acting is of a quality to leave you dumbstruck with admiration.”

★★★★★ The Financial Times
“Murphy is, I suspect, the greatest dramatist writing in English.”

★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
“attendance should be obligatory”

2013 DruidMurphy Tour

★★★★ The Guardian
“richly rewarding event”

The Irish Times
“riveting… world-class”

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