New Enda Walsh play to open Galway Arts Festival 2014


Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival are delighted to announce the world premiere of a major new play, Ballyturk by Enda Walsh, the opening production of this year’s Galway Arts Festival.

The production promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year and reunites the creative team behind Enda Walsh’s Misterman. The internationally-acclaimed hit play, co-produced by Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival, starred Cillian Murphy in a sensational solo performance.

Ballyturk marks Cillian Murphy’s return to the stage. He will star alongside Walsh’s long-time collaborator Mikel Murfi, and the internationally-acclaimed film and theatre actor Stephen Rea.

Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad, and featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, Ballyturk is an ambitious, profound and tender work from one of Ireland’s leading playwrights. Ballyturk runs at the Black Box Theatre, Galway from 10-27 July, with the world premiere scheduled for Monday 14 July, the opening night of this year’s Festival.

Speaking from London this week Enda Walsh commented, “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity of reuniting with friends and making this new piece, Ballyturk, at this Summer’s Galway Arts Festival. Two years in its dreaming and making, come July it will be a very exciting moment for all of us to share this production with the Festival audience.” The play is Enda’s first new play in four years and his first since he won a Tony Award for Once, the Broadway musical, currently running in New York, London’s West End and on a major US tour.

Reuniting the stellar creative team that was responsible for Misterman, the production will be directed by Enda Walsh with sets and costumes designed by Jamie Vartan and lighting by Adam Silverman. Sound will be designed by Helen Atkinson, with original music composed by Teho Teardo.

Cillian Murphy won wide acclaim for his recent performance as the troubled Thomas Shelby in the BBC hit television programme, Peaky Blinders. In 2013, he made Heart of the Sea with director Ron Howard and Transcendence, a film directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp. Mikel Murfi is currently touring in his production of his one-man show The Man In The Woman’s Shoes which was recently nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, while the Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Stephen Rea featured in Field Day Theatre Company’s latest production of Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) for Derry’s City of Culture 2013.

For more info and to buy yoiur ticket, visit the official GAF ticket website.

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