Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024



Man in the
Womens Shoes

Presented by Loco & Reckless Productions

Written, Directed and Performed by: Mikel Murfi

Age Suitability: 12+

Running Time: 70mins – no interval

Funny, tender and at times downright daft.

Set in October 1978 – Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. The Man In The Woman’s follows Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. It is a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and Murfi’s “astonishing acting” has been widely praised. The Man In The Woman’s Shoes is funny, tender and at times downright daft. You might just fall in love with life again.

The show was originally created with Sligo County Council Arts Service and The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012. In 2015 it toured to Manhattan and Philadelphia as well as a sell out, three week run at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage in Dublin. In 2016 it returned to NYC and also played to full houses over three weeks at the Tricycle Theatre in London.


‘I appeal to you to watch out for it…an enchanting show…hilarious…One of the most delightful theatrical experiences I’ve had in a long time’ – Gay Byrne, RTE Lyric FM

★★★★★  ‘Astonishing Acting’ – The New York Times

★★★★  ‘A miniature masterpiece’ – The Times of London

‘physical comedian, blessed with plastic features, and with the vocal range of a ventriloquist, Murfi makes sheep, pigs, dogs, and even bees, come to life’ – Irish Theatre Magazine


Originally from Sligo, Mikel Murfi trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. His performances in theatre include Swan Lake (Teac Damsa);  Hear You and Rejoice(Loco and & Reckless Productions) The Comedy of ErrorsThe Tempest (Abbey Theatre); and Desire Under The Elms (Lyric Hammersmith). Film work includes The Commitments, The Butcher Boy, Intermission and Jimmy’s Hall.

Dates & Venues

Sunday August 5th – 8pm
Community Hall, Kilcrohane
Tickets at door or online

Monday August 6th – 8pm
Aughadown Community Grounds
Tickets at door or online

Tuesday August 7th – 8:15pm
Bank House, Whiddy Island
Tickets at door or online

Wednesday August 8th – 8pm
Community Hall, Ballydehob
Tickets at door or online

Please note our online ticket sales will be limited to 30% of the overall capacity of each venue and intended to complement our usual tickets at the door policy.

Loco and Reckless Productions is an Irish theatre, TV and film Production Company.