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


Presented by Loco and Reckless Productions

Written, Directed & Performed by: Mikel Murf

Age Suitability: 12+

Running Time: 75min –  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 Shoes 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.


WINNER Best New Play Zebby Award 2016

WINNER BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award

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

‘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

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

‘A 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/Loch na hEala (Teac Damsa); The Man in The Woman’s Shoes (Loco and Reckless Productions); The Last Hotel and Ballyturk (Galway Arts Festival/Landmark/Wide Open Opera); The New Electric Ballroom (Druid); The Chairs (Blue Raincoat Theatre); Morning After Optimism, Playboy of the Western World (Peacock Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (Abbey Theatre) Giselle, Rite of Spring and Petrushka (Fabulous Beast) Desire Under The Elms (Lyric, Hammersmith).

His film work includes The Commitments, The Butcher Boy, Intermission and Jimmy’s Hall.

Dates & Venues

Tue August 13th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Timoleague Community Hall
Tickets at door

Fri August 16th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Ballydehob Community Hall
Tickets at door

Please note: tickets available on the door and doors open 30min before show start time.

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