The lives of two men unravel quickly over the course of ninety minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What is this room, and what might be beyond the walls?
Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad, with jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, ‘Ballyturk’ is an ambitious, profound and tender work from playwright Enda Walsh.
‘Ballyturk’ premiered to huge acclaim at Galway International Arts Festival 2014 in a co-production between Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival and was awarded Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2015.
This new production is presented in association with Ireland’s National Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, and stars Olwen Fouéré, Mikel Murfi and Tadhg Murphy.
Set and costumes are designed by Jamie Vartan, who won the Best Design - Irish Times Theatre Award for the 2011 Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival hit ‘Misterman’, also by Enda Walsh. Lighting design is by Adam Silverman, with sound design and original music by Helen Atkinson and Teho Teardo respectively, who together were awarded Best Sound Design for ‘Ballyturk’ at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.
‘Ballyturk’ became the fastest selling show in GIAF history in 2014, earning huge audience and critical acclaim. “You won’t quickly forget the experience”, said the New York Times in its review. “A richly theatrical experience…” commented The Guardian, while The Irish Times dubbed it as “dark and giddily disturbing.” Festival audiences also left the theatre with high praise, calling it “playful and dark”, “mind-blowing” and “very intense.”
The play went on to tour in Dublin and Cork, before hitting the National Theatre of Great Britain in London for a five-week season and, earlier this year, it featured as part of the opening season at the Abbey Theatre.