Category: Reviews


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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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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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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Review – The Guardian

**** ‘imagine Under Milk Wood interpreted by Buster Keaton … a richly theatrical experience … impeccably acted.’ There’s plenty of ballyhoo around Ballyturk. Written and directed by Enda Walsh, and with a cast comprising Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea and Mikel Murfi,…

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Review – The Sunday Times

**** ‘the theatrical values in Ballyturk are magnificent’. Eithne Shortall reviews the play for The Sunday Times 20.07.14. Click here to read the full review.

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Review – Sunday Independent

Emer O’Kelly reviews Ballyturk in the Sunday Independent 20.07.14. Click here to read the full review. 

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