Galway University Foundation Co-Hosts Druid Murphy Opening in London

Galway University Foundation are delighted to have co-hosted the opening of DruidMurphy, featuring Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine in London’s Hampstead Theatre on 23 June 2012.

Ireland’s cultural capital, Galway has a renowned reputation for innovative drama, theatre and performance, and NUI Galway has provided a breeding ground for the development of artistic talent in successive generations of students.  Among the most illustrious of NUI Galway’s graduates are the three Druid Theatre Company founding members, Tony-Award-winning Director, Garry Hynes, Tony Award-winning actress, Marie Mullen and the late Mick Lally.

Against this background, Galway University Foundation are delighted to have co-hosted the opening of DruidMurphy, featuring Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine in London’s Hampstead Theatre on 23 June 2012.  The Galway Advertiser observed “Druid’s magnificent and triumphant staging of three of Tom Murphy’s finest plays, went down a storm in London and had theatre critics singing its praises.”  Similar glowing reviews have followed the production to the US.

At the opening in London, which began at 1.30pm and finished at 10.30pm, all 3 plays were staged in a cycle.  RTE news covered the event and guest of honour at the London premiere was NUI Galway graduate, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, who was joined by his wife Sabina.  The President was joined by Irish guests from the worlds of theatre, business, media, sport and academia; including London NUI Galway graduates and friends.

DruidMurphy is a co-production between Druid and Quinnipiac University Connecticut, NUI Galway (as Academic Partner) the Lincoln Center Festival, and Galway Arts Festival.  Following success in London and New York, it will return to Galway (including to Clifden, Tuam and the Aran Islands), Oxford, Cork, Dublin and Washington.

Supporting the Creative Arts - Building for the Future with New Facilities for Arts and Humanities Research

As illustrated by the Academic Partnership with Druid, NUI Galway is committed to supporting the Creative Arts.

Work has now begun on a new world-class Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building, located beside the James Hardiman Library.  The building will provide a unique research environment to transform Ireland and Galway’s rich cultural resources into social and economic opportunity.

NUI Galway’s “Arts in Action” Programme and a new Schola Cantorum with St. Nicholas’ Church, Galway further demonstrates NUI Galway’s commitment to the creative arts.