Wednesday 17 January 2018

A sell-out success

RTE’s Eileen Magnier and Evanne Kilgallen
RTE’s Eileen Magnier and Evanne Kilgallen

The Man in the Woman's Shoes returned to the Hawk's Well for one night only as part of the Tread Softly festival to a sell-out audience.

The award-winning play by local man Mikel Murfi is a Sligo success story – having enjoyed tremendous critical acclaim.

And once again with last Thursday's performance Mikel - who wrote and performed the play - did not disappoint.

The production is hilarious as it is tender and cannot fail but to uplift an audience.

Mikel enjoyed a standing ovation and rapturous applause before a sit-down interview with RTE's Eileen Maigner.

The Man in the Woman's Shoes tells the tale of cobbler Pat Farnon as he walks the five miles into Sligo town and the various characters he meets along the way.

Set in 1978, when Sunday mass and the Sunday game were paramount in people's lives - the play is inspired by real life Sligo characters of old.

So this amusing story of life and love will always hold a special place in the hearts of a Sligo audience.

The Man in the Woman's Shoes was developed with Sligo County Council Arts Service and the Hawk's Well Theatre as part of the Bealtaine festival 2012.

In a similar vein to Marie Jones' Stones in his Pockets the play should go from strength to strength and continue to delight theatre goers for years to come.

Sligo Champion

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