Award winning ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ at Backstage

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Winner of Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, the theatrical highlight of 2012 is back! Hot on the heels of widespread critical acclaim in London and New York DruidMurphy now comes to Backstage Theatre - the only venue in the midlands that is staging two of the most talked about shows of the last year. This is a rare opportunity to see these two remarkable award-winning plays by Tom Murphy in one week.

Winner of Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, the theatrical highlight of 2012 is back! Hot on the heels of widespread critical acclaim in London and New York DruidMurphy now comes to Backstage Theatre - the only venue in the midlands that is staging two of the most talked about shows of the last year. This is a rare opportunity to see these two remarkable award-winning plays by Tom Murphy in one week.

‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ is set in a small-town pub Galway in the 1970s. Now in his 30s, and over a long drinking session on a winter’s evening, Michael - recently returned from New York after a ten year absence - has a reunion with old friends in ‘The White House’. He was the one member among them who got away to live the dream and now he’s back.

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘epic theatre making’; ‘world-class’ by the Irish Times and ‘attendance should be obligatory’ says the Daily Telegraph, DruidMurphy brings the story of Irish emigration to life in a ‘Whistle in the Dark’.

It is a story both of those who went and those who were left behind. The show explores what we mean when we call a place home, and is a major celebration of one of Ireland’s most respected living dramatists. It is set in Coventry, England in 1960 and introduces us to Michael Carney, an Irish emigrant living with his new wife Betty. Michael has integrated well into English society, but the same can’t be said of his wild brothers who are lodging with him. Tensions boil over after the arrival of his father and youngest brother from home.

Conversations on A Homecoming comes to Backstage Theatre Longford on Tuesday, June 4 & Friday, June 7 at 8pm & Saturday, June 8 at 2pm. A Whistle in the Dark is staged on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 & 6 and Saturday, June 8 at 8pm. Tickets €25/€22 or see both shows for the reduced price of €45/€38. Book tickets now on 043 33 47888 or online on www.backstage.ie