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    Miriam Meets... Sunday 28 April 2013

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    Miriam meets... Tom Murphy and Jane Brennan

    This week, Miriam O'Callaghan interviews acclaimed playwright Tom Murphy and his wife, the award winning actress Jane Brennan.

    They recall how they met and how their twenty eight year courtship ended in marriage last year. They discuss working together as actor and writer/director.

    Tom is frustrated by failing mobility and a slowness in writing at the moment. Writing by hand is central to his creative process so he is hoping a neurologist will help sort this out.

    Both are youngest children. Jane is from a well known theatrical family where four generations have been involved with the stage. Tom envies the closeness of her family and describes the destructive effect that emigration had on his family.

    They tell Miriam about the experience of working with Druid and Garry Hynes and Tom describes some of the changes he made to the play for this production.

    They reflect on life, death and spirituality.

    Druid Murphy productions of A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming are currently touring the country.

    They chose Younger Than Springtime from South Pacific sung by Mandy Patinkin; Cangia, Cangia sung by Gigli and Teddy O Neill sung by Dolores Keane.

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