Boxer, a new play written and performed by Ciaran Murphy, centres on Brian McArdle, a boxer and much more. Born in rural 1950s Ireland, he is orphaned when his single mother is arrested for shoplifting and detained in a mental institution.
It is now 1996 and Brian, aged 41, has an unquenchable thirst for action but an even more pressing need for inner peace.
A complex man with too many secrets, this dethroned former European Boxing champion has been fighting all of his life and mere survival is the name of his game. However, with too many scores to settle, he can never rest from his toughest opponent...Brian McArdle.
Abandoned by the State, and scarred by the Christian Brothers in one of the country’s toughest industrial schools, Brian sets out upon a road from which he fears there is little redemption.
His inner need for both turmoil and acceptance of a character he loathes but can’t escape from, contrasts with his outer affable and humourous persona. This is all played out on the doors of the roughest clubs in London.
Will Brian spiral further into madness, or use his fighting prowess to extricate himself from the harshest of lifestyles?
Ciarán Murphy is a writer, songwriter, journalist and actor from Waterford city. His performance as a ruined developer in his own monologue, The Lane, won him the Adjudicator’s Award at the 123 Festival of Drama in 2009.
His play, All Fall Down, appeared at the Imagine Festival in the city in 2011. He is the author of two books and is currently writing songs and script for his new musical, Buff.