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Live performances set to return in Laois as Dunmaise Arts Centre announce details of first show of 2021

Dunamaise Arts Centre have announce that live theatre is coming back.

They have teamed up with the Gate Theatre and will park up at Emo Court & Parklands on Saturday August 7 at 9pm for In MiddleTown.

This is the new show by the amazing Irish Times Theatre Award-Winner Mikel Murfi.

In MiddleTown is a remarkable new solo show, commissioned and produced by the Gate Theatre and written and performed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Mikel Murfi.

He is renowned for his critically acclaimed plays The Man in the Woman’s Shoes and I Hear Your Rejoice.

Performed outdoors on the back of a specially adapted truck, and to strictly limited audiences, In MiddleTown will tour towns and communities across Ireland this summer, including the beautiful setting of Dunamaise Arts Centre’s momentary venue at Emo Court & Parklands.

Murfi plays a furniture removals man, in the middle of his life, living in the middle of a small town.

One day, instead of helping a neighbour move, he drives to his own house, packs up his ‘life’ onto the back of his truck, pulls the door behind him and never goes back.

The truck becomes his world, turning into places he thought he would never see or visit. He is a man moving on, neither here nor there, to both everywhere and nowhere.

In MiddleTown is a brilliantly imaginative, gentle reflection on ‘living in the middle’, and the search for solitude, simplicity, and the things that make us truly happy.

It’s a magical, timely, and heartfelt piece for the times we live in. This summer, find yourself In MiddleTown.

Mikel Murfi’s critically acclaimed shows include The Man in The Woman’s Shoes and I Hear You and Rejoice.

In MiddleTown features set and costume design by Sabine Dargent, lighting design by Sinéad Wallace and sound design by Sandra O’Mahony.

This event is presented in partnership with the Office of Public Works.

Dunamaise Arts Centre extends grateful thanks to them and the management and staff of Emo Court and Parklands.

Tickets €20 from Dunamaise.ie or Tel: 057 8663355. See website for full details, including safety guidelines and terms & conditions.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.