Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea to take lead roles on Irish stage this summer – Irish Independent

A stellar cast of Ireland’s greatest theatre talent will return to the Irish stage this summer when they join forces at the Galway Arts Festival.

Internationally acclaimed actors Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea will appear in the world premiere of a major new play ‘Ballyturk’ by award-winning playright Enda Walsh.

It marks Walsh’s first new play in four years and the first since he won a Tony Award for the Broadway musical ‘Once’.

That play is currently running in New York, London’s West End and on a major US tour.

The production will also reunite the creative team behind one of the festival’s biggest hits – ‘Misterman’, which performed to sell out audiences in 2011 before a hugely successful tour in London and New York.

That internationally-acclaimed hit play, co-produced by Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival, starred Cillian Murphy in a sensational solo performance which saw him win a Drama Desk award.

‘Ballyturk’, which marks the second co-production between Landmark and the Festival, will see his return to the Irish stage where he will star alongside Walsh’s long-time collaborator Mikel Murfi and renowned actor and Tony nominee Stephen Rea.

It will mark Murphy’s third collaboration with Walsh following on from ‘Misterman’ and ‘Disco Pigs’.

Speaking from London this week, Mr Walsh said; “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.”

Reuniting the stellar creative team that was responsible for ‘Misterman’, Walsh’s latest play ‘Ballyturk’ will be directed by the playwright, 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

Described as “Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad”, ‘Ballyturk’ will run at the Black Box Theatre in Galway from July 10 to 27. It’s world premiere will coincide with the opening night of this year’s Festival.

Booking for the play opens today at http://www.galwayartsfestival.com or http://www.tht.ie.

From the Irish Independent – 07.03.14

Murphy, Murfi, Walsh and Rea: partners in play heading for Galway – The Irish Times

Galway Arts Festival is hoping to emulate the success of its 2011 co- productionMisterman with a new show starring Cillian Murphy and written by Enda Walsh.

Ballyturk will see Murphy return to the stage, alongside Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, in a new show from Landmark Productions. It will have its world premiere on the opening night of this year’s Galway Arts Festival.

The show reunites the creative team behind Misterman . The company describesBallyturk as “gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad” with “jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy”. Walsh says the play has been “two years in its dreaming and making”.

This is Walsh’s first new play in four years. His last production was the Broadway musical Once , for which he won a Tony award. It is currently on tour in London and the US.

Misterman was one of the most acclaimed plays of 2011, and won two awards at that year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Murphy won best actor for his portrayal of Thomas Magill, while Jamie Vartan won for best set.
Ballyturk opens at the Black Box Theatre in Galway on July 10 . Galway Arts Festival opens July 14

From the Irish Times 06.03.14

Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival announce the world premiere of Ballyturk by Enda Walsh

BALLYTURK – A NEW PLAY BY ENDA WALSH STARRING CILLIAN MURPHY, MIKEL MURFI AND STEPHEN REA – TO HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT 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 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.