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Macnas and Murphy: Galway kicks off week 2

As is traditional, Macnas took to the streets over the weekend with a new show. Lorna Siggins reported on it for The Irish Times.

“This year, a carnivorous carnival’s head, played by Miquel Barcelo, symbolised the hubris associated with building false hopes. Galway arts festival artistic director Paul Fahy was a lioness’s companion, while Jonathan Gunning’s dragonfly pedalled furiously atop a giant penny-farthing bicycle.”

Meanwhile, DruidMurphy comes back in to town with the three Tom Murphy plays – Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine. The complete cycle will run on Thursday and Saturday.

When it opened in London, Peter Crawley had this to say.

As a theatrical event, its emotional effect is as immediate as a heated argument, or a wallop to the chest.

Director Garry Hynes’s epic project has a headline timeliness, but her agenda, served by a superlative ensemble, is to probe much deeper, realising the shaping forces of pride and humiliation, drink and violence, acquiescence and defiance.

In their delivery of his muscle and musicality, Druid remind you that no one has articulated the legacy of dispossession as eloquently or unflinchingly as Murphy.

Also beginning its run is Barry McGovern’s interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Watt. Here he is discussing the play.

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