The Druid Theatre Company will make a long-awaited return to the Backstage Theatre in Longford in June, when it stages two works by Tom Murphy – ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ and ‘Whistle in the Dark’.
It will be a rare opportunity to see two Druid productions in the one week, and audiences can choose to see them separately or together with a special combination ticket offer. Whetting appetites ahead of the project’s visit to Backstage is a string of five-star reviews, with the New York Times referring to the performances as “epic theatre-making”, while The Daily Telegraph went as far as saying “attendance should be obligatory.”
A cast of 11 actors are involved in the productions, with many familiar names amongst them, including Marie Mullen and Maelíosa Stafford, who previously played the role of Hugo in Druid’s 1987 production of A Whistle In the Dark. TV viewers will recognise Gavin Drea from ‘Love/Hate’ and Garret Lombard from ‘Pure Mule’ and ‘Alexander’.
The return of these productions is part of a nationwide tour that will see the plays visit Galway, Tralee, Dublin, Portlaoise, Ennis, Letterkenny, Dún Laoghaire and Limerick, and demonstrates Druid’s resolve in bringing outstanding world-class theatre to Irish audiences. “Druid’s relationship with the great Tom Murphy goes back almost 30 years and his work has always been very popular with our audiences,” said Garry Haynes, director of the plays. “He is is one of the great writers of our time and we’re looking forward to bringing these two plays to the Backstage.”
Conversations on a Homecoming and Whistle in the Dark will run from Tuesday, June 4 until Saturday, June 8. A special double bill will take place on the Saturday. For tickets, schedule and further information, visit www.backstage.ie or call the Backstage box office on 043 33 47888.