Druid is Deeply Saddened by the Passing of Tom Murphy
Druid is deeply saddened by the passing of playwright Tom Murphy. A native of Tuam, Co. Galway, Tom Murphy, already an established Irish writer, became Druid’s Writer in Residence in 1983.
Tom's relationship with Druid marked an important step for the young company and led to a decades long relationship culminating in the productions of DruidMurphy - Plays by Tom Murphy in 2013 and Brigit/Bailegangaire in 2014. For four decades his work resonated with Irish audiences, creating a deep and enduring legacy.
Druid first produced plays by Tom Murphy in 1984 - Famine and On the Outside - before premiering Conversations on a Homecoming in April 1985 and Bailegangaire, featuring the legendary Siobhán McKenna, in December of that year. Druid toured the work widely during the 1980s, taking these Irish stories to new audiences in the US and UK. Dominic Dromgoole, then artistic director of The Globe Theatre, remembers “these productions as one of the finest examples in the world of a company of actors and director giving particular life to a writer.”
Druid would go on to produce much of Tom Murphy’s work including The Gigli Concert, a production of which opened the newly refurbished Mick Lally Theatre on Druid Lane. In 2013, the company produced DruidMurphy - Plays by Tom Murphy (Conversations on a Homecoming, Famine and A Whistle in the Dark) which toured Ireland, the UK and the US, winning critical acclaim and many awards in Ireland and abroad.
In 2014, Druid presented a new production of Bailegangaire with Marie Mullen, alongside the world premiere of Brigit at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway and other venues in Ireland.
Today we have lost a friend, a colleague, a great Irish writer and man of the theatre. Our thoughts tonight are with his wife Jane, with Mary, Bennan, Johnny, Nell & the extended Murphy family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.