Category: Press


Review – New York Times

Some playwrights’ work is so tantalizingly open-ended as to resist either a single, or simple, assessment or point of view. Beckett of course comes to mind. So now does another Irish dramatist, Enda Walsh, whose “Ballyturk,” at the National Theater…

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How We Met: Enda Walsh & Cillian Murphy – The Independent

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Cillian Murphy, 38 Following his stage debut in Enda Walsh’s play ‘Disco Pigs’, about the dysfunctional relationship between two Cork teenagers, in 1996, Murphy (right in picture) found fame with the post-apocalyptic zombie film ’28 Days Later’ in 2002. He…

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Enda Walsh: ‘Pure theatre animal’ explores solitude and the void below

Enda Walsh, playwright and screenwriter, at London's National Theatre

The Irish playwright-director, Enda Walsh, would seem to have the world at his feet. His latest play, Ballyturk, was acclaimed in Galway this summer and opened at the Lyttelton on Tuesday with a star cast comprising Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi…

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Review – Metro

Another fantastic four stars for Ballyturk from Sam Marlow in the Metro: ‘a crazy, wildly colourful collision of angst, poetry and slapstick … it’s a play with a heart of deep darkness but it’s also touching and hysterically funny, performed…

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Review – Daily Express

****  ‘enthralling blend of bizarre delights … manic, madcap production … a mesmerising performance from the ever-compelling Murphy … a remarkable piece of theatre.’ Two men who don’t know their own names, let alone each other’s, are trapped in a room…

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Review – Evening Standard

**** ‘a deliciously strange new play from Enda Walsh, which brings together three superb actors … Cillian Murphy, here eye-poppingly athletic and very funny, alongside the enigmatic and wonderfully hangdog Stephen Rea and restless shape-shifter Mikel Murfi …. there are scenes…

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Review – Time Out

**** ‘Enda Walsh’s wilfully cryptic, gorgeously poetic and clownishly physical new play … a fearless physicality that catapults your heart into your mouth … stunning … beautiful … dazzling’ Fans of Samuel Beckett, Buster Keaton, the TV show ‘Lost’ and…

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“A woman said my play was terrifing but that i was a lovely boy” Enda Walsh – The Times

Benedict Nightingale speaks to Enda Wash in The Times ahead of the London opening of Ballyturk at the National Theatre. Click here to read the full article.

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Review – Fintan O’Toole: Irish Times

The relationship between words and movement in Enda Walsh’s new play, in which two weirdly innocent men are trapped in an endless knockabout farce, is more seamless than in any Irish dramatist since Beckett So Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett and…

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Review – Metro Herald

Darragh Reddin reviews Ballyturk in the Metro Herald on 15.08.14. Click here to read the full review. 

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