Tom Murphy (playwright) - WikipediaScholars and critics will use this fine book as the diving board from which to plunge into the fascinating depths of the great Irish playwright. Tom Murphy: his daring imagination has found its varied embodiments on the stage. They submitted On the Outside , an astonishingly accomplished enactment of youthful rage, to the one-act play competition at the All-Ireland amateur drama festival in Athlone, where it won first prize of 15 guineas. There is, of course, a glorious kind of cheek in a Tuam sham adopting the names of one of the great founders of western drama and of the Greek god under whose aegis the original theatre festivals were organised. But in retrospect these gestures seem to derive from something deeper than youthful impudence. Dionysus, on the other hand, is the god of wine and fertility and of ritual madness. The two pseudonyms are comic nods in different directions — on the one side, toward a kind of dramatic stringency and, on the other, toward the wild and dark impulses that drive us beyond the edge of reason.
Tom Murphy (playwright)
He was born in County Galway , Ireland and later lived in Dublin. Murphy's first successful play, A Whistle in the Dark , was performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London in and caused considerable controversy both there and in Dublin when it was later given its Irish premiere at the Abbey having initially been rejected by its artistic director. Murphy was born in Tuam , County Galway , the youngest of 10 children. He began writing in the late s, saying, "In , my best friend said to me, why don't we write a play? I didn't think it was an unusual question, because in everyone in Ireland was writing a play". It was entered into a competition for amateur plays, which it won, and was eventually produced in London in , having been rejected by the Abbey Theatre. Though Murphy was religious as a boy, education by the Christian Brothers left him largely irreligious.
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From the archives: Murphy on his first experience of theatre, writing his first play, and Galway hurling. - The family in A Whistle in the Dark are at war among themselves.
Loading, please wait Home About Contact Us. Tom Murphy was born in Tuam, Co. Galway, and he had a deep attachment to the place of his birth. At the age of 24, he wrote his first play, On the Outside , in collaboration with his great friend Noel O'Donoghue. The following year, he completed his first full-length play, which under the original title, The Iron Men , won a number of Irish national playwriting awards.