Tom Murphy’s ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ will be presented at Roscommon Arts Centre on Tuesday 13th November and Wednesday 14th November next. The tour is presented by Nomad, the performing arts network for Ireland’s North Midlands’ region, in association with Livin’ Dred Theatre Company. Nomad is the first network of its kind, being a partnership of venues and a professional theatre company working together to change the face of touring and theatre in the region. Written Tom Murphy, Conversations on a Homecoming is widely regarded as one of the best plays of the last half-century. It explores the beautiful art of conversation and the Irish hunger for exchanging news. Set in a Galway pub in the early 1970s, a group of friends gather together after an absence of ten years to welcome Michael, a failed actor, home from America. The play is brilliantly written, funny and sad, hopeless and full of hope. Playwrights don’t come better than the great Murphy and Conversations on a Homecoming is testimony of him at the height of his powers. NOMAD was established in January 2006 to further the development of the performing arts in the North Midlands region and extend the parameters of regional, national and international performances available to venues and their audiences. The partnership network set out to encourage more theatre companies, both national and international, to tour to the region, to produce high quality theatre and ultimately to enrich and strengthen performing arts practice in the region and shape the future development of touring. From the first round of proposals to The Touring Experiment, The Arts Council allocated €163,000 to NOMAD for this new production of Conversations on a Homecoming. Booking and information at Roscommon Arts Centre (090) 66 25824.