Dublin Theatre Festival


Mikel Murfi

Mikel Murfi is an actor, writer and director from Sligo. He trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. He was a founding member of Barabbas ... the company, with whom he performed and directed over a period of eight years. 

As an actor he most recently appeared as James in Tom Murphy's, The Morning After Optimism, and Christy Mahon, in Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, both at The Peacock Theatre. In the Abbey theatre he has performed as Stefano in The Tempest and Dromio of Syracuse, in  The Comedy of Errors.
With Barabbas ... the company, he appeared in eight shows. Most of this was devised, original work such as Sick, Dying, Dead, Buried, Out and Strokehauling.  He played multiple roles in  the company's production of Macbeth and Jupiter in a version of Von Kliest's Amphitryon adapted for the company by John Banville and entitled God's Gift. He played Martin Kriebal in The Increased Difficulty of Concentration by Vaclav Havel with Druid Theatre Company and multiple roles in the Rough Magic Theatre Company production of Oscar Wilde's  Lady Windermere's Fan.
Mikel has appeared in many film and television projects. These include Butcher Boy, The Last September  and Ella Enchanted.

As a writer and director his most recent work has been with Macnas in Galway. He has written and directed three theatre shows and one short film with this company in the last four years. Theatre shows were Diamonds in the Soil based on the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, the award winning The Lost Days of Ollie Deasy, based on Homer's Odyssey and most recently a version of the Medieval Mystery Plays. The short film is called Druma

He teaches on Masters Degree theatre programme in NUI Galway and also in Denmark, Norway and London.

He is currently researching a solo theatre show which takes place entirely underwater.


God's Gift


Come Down From the Mountain John Clown, John Clown

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