Written and performed by Mikel Murfi
“I think none of us is old, me heart has never been old.”
It’s October 1978, Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and cobbler Pat Farnon has “some business” to do in town.
“Today is beginning to feel very special and I’ve no idea why.”
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows Pat as he walks the five miles from his white cottage to town and back again. He meets unforgettable characters along the way, including water diviner Huby Patterson, GAA enthusiast extraordinaire Kitsy Rainey, big voiced Casimir Marshall, an array of farmers all named Gilmartin and Kemp, a man whose idea of a good time is to direct traffic wherever he may find it. Pat may be an aging man but he has a boundless enthusiasm for life.
“It’s half time, there’s a pipe band on the field and the smell of oranges all of a sudden – ah, this is the life!”
Mikel Murfi (The Walworth Farce, Ballyturk) delivers an ingenious and imaginative performance in this hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft play that will leave you uplifted and in love with life again.
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes was originally commissioned by the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo with Sligo County Council Arts Service and last year toured to venues around Ireland.
Running Time: 75 minutes