The Man in The Woman’s Shoes

A one man show written and performed by Mikel Murfi


The Man In The Woman's Shoes

Pope John Paul I is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. Set in Ireland in October 1978, The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows the life of Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again.

Funny, tender and at times downright daft, this beautifully observed piece has toured across the USA and Ireland, including a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.   

★★★★ Murfi’s performance is a miniature masterpiece’ The Times

★★★★ ‘A tour de force Time Out

★★★★ ‘A modern classic in the making Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Performed with astonishing versatility by Murfi’ The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ ‘A delight to watch The Stage

‘The audience is captivated Exeunt

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14 Responses for “The Man in The Woman’s Shoes”

  1. maria gill Says:

    beautifully written and played, a real pleasure to watch

  2. Debbie Cusack Says:

    What a heart Mikel Murfi has, a fantastic use of language, he creates characters that you can see on stage and has the audience in the palm of his hand with laughter and tears. His exploration of the thoughts behind the lips is so easy for us all to imagine, and yet some people will never look beyond the first impression. Thank you for a story to remember.

  3. Jon Crowcroft Says:

    Saw this on friday 8th april and it made my day. the journey from the cobbler’s home to town and back is unforgettable. Telling the bees about the neighbour’s death, hearing the battle at mass, why the pope can’t be an organ donor, and on and on – so many fantastic ideas, all fitted into one actor’s portrayal of so many different characters, even three at a time. A wonderfully human piece!

  4. nora connolly Says:

    Total Magic. Mikel Murfi’s every thought, every gesture leads us on the journey through this riveting theatrical landscape.

  5. El Rogers Says:

    Heart warming Magic!

  6. Anthony Carroll Says:

    If you are from Sligo, around 45ish or over this show will bring back alot of memories. 5*

  7. Diarmuid Considine Says:

    I was there last night, front row, spellbound at Mikel’s performance… The art of storytelling seems to be a dying one in the age of tweets and constant news cycles (a couple of phones going off during the performance seemed painfully oppressive considering the content of the play).

    But nothing could take from the feeling that you were watching something very pure and beautiful. It was both thought inducing (of how quick we are to judge people) and brought back memories of times gone by (Holy Wells, Barter and the characters that seemed more incredible in our youth)

    Get yourself along to this intimate production, it really is a true pleasure

  8. Jo Cleary Says:

    Beautiful heartwarming uplifting side splitting performance. Mikel’s performance was pure magic and took me back to Ireland and the characters of my childhood no longer with us! A performance worthy of West End

  9. John Miles Says:

    We went last night. Haven’t seen anything like this since watching Steven Berkoff in the 1980s. This is as good if not better with oodles more charm and humanity. Touching, sad, thought provoking and laugh-out-loud funny all in the course of a totally captivating 75 minutes. An absolute gem and a real privilege to have seen someone so talented and clearly at the top of their game. Genius.

  10. Anne Gardener Says:

    I was taken to see this last night by friends. I had absolutely no idea what it was about, in fact I had figured (knowing my friend) from the title that it must be about Transgender. So i sat in my seat in the Tricycle and watched this man, who reminded me of an Uncle of mine years ago in Roscommon, come onto the stage and start his story. Mikel is a genius!! It was absolutely bloody brilliant!!!.
    A play that has to be seen!! I’ve just booked tickets for my parents to see it next week.
    It reminded me very much of seeing Stones in their Pockets at the Tricycle years ago. This play should be in the West End and should travel all over. Such a shame it finishes next week. Just amazing….one to see…we cried laughing …literally… the whole way through.

  11. Patrick Says:

    Absolutely brilliant – great entertainment! Fantastic performance by Mikel – don’t miss it!!!

  12. Gillian Kelly Says:

    This is such a wonderfully performed and beautifully written piece of storytelling theatre. LOVED IT! x

  13. Patrick O'Dwyer Says:

    what an absolute treat. I laughed and cried and marvelled at the brilliance of it! Mikel is a genius and a star!

  14. sue aron Says:

    This was a tour de force. Mikel Murfi had the entire audience transfixed. It deserves to transfer to the West End or at least have a wider showing round the country. In these days of strife and trouble – we need more of this kind of entertainment…..well done Mikel and all involved in this wonderful performance.

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Mon 4 Apr 2016 - Sat 23 Apr 2016

£16 Previews (4–5 April)
£18 – £24 Standard

Concessions available on all performances
£2 Off matinees for Over 60s

Mon - Sat at 7.30pm

Wed at 2pm (from 13 Apr)
Sat at 3pm (from 9 Apr)

Post Show Q&As:
Tue 5 April & Tue 12 April

Under 26? £10 Trike Tickets available 4 – 18 April. Limited availability.

Running Time: 75 minutes, no Interval 

Suitable for all ages


Written, performed and directed by Mikel Murfi

Producer: Eithne Hand for Loco and Reckless Productions Ltd