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In Pictures: Weather fails to dampen the spirits as live outdoor theatre event a big success

After a challenging year, Dunamaise Arts Centre were delighted to have been able to bring a fantastic, unique theatre event to the people of Laois.

On Saturday August 7, Dunamaise teamed up with Emo Court and Parklands to present ‘IN MIDDLETOWN’ outdoors, at two time offerings.

The show sold out its limited tickets in record time: with all tickets sold the first day of going on sale.

Despite the weather people showed up to enjoy the performance and welcome back a hopeful, exciting future of live events in Laois.

Dunamaise hopes to bring back more live events in the coming months, in line with upcoming guidelines for live entertainment venues; supporting artists and audiences in Laois.

A spokesperson said: “Special thanks to the OPW, the management and staff of Emo Court and Parklands for hosting this event.”

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

Performed outdoors on the back of the specially adapted GATE TRUCK to strictly limited audiences, it is touring towns and communities across the island of Ireland this summer.

Murfi played 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.

Photographer Terry Conroy was on hand to capture some great images. Check them out below:

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