2017 Programme / Misterman



By Enda Walsh. Directed by Melissa Firlit. With Craig MacArthur.

Date: Friday Oct. 06 – Saturday Oct. 07
Venue: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey
Time: 8pm / Cost: €15/€12

Enda Walsh first emerged as a major Irish playwrighting talent when his Disco Pigs, with Cillian Murphy and Eileen Walsh in the lead roles, brought national and international acclaim to all involved. His subsequent relationship with Druid Theatre resulted in the brilliant Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom.

His work in film and stage musicals is equally distinguised. He wrote the screenplay for the multi-award winning Bobby Sands film, Hunger, with Michael Fassbender. His stage adaptation of John Carney’s film, Once, with music and songs by Glen Hansard, has enjoyed huge success on Broadway, the West End and in Dublin.

Walsh created Misterman for the 2011 Galway Arts Fesitval. A one- man-show with Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) playing the part of solitary character Thomas Magill, raking over the events of a pivotal day in the fictional Midlands village of Inishfree. A fervently religious and obsessive young man, Thomas knows his hometown and his neighbours well, and is not much impressed. He replays their voices on a set of reel-to-reel tapes, dotted about stage, and portrays other characters himself – among them Dwain Flynn the town drunk, Mrs. Cleary the flirtatious restaurant hostess and Timmy O’Leary who, unlike Thomas, does not treat his mother well.

This production by American company Resolve, featuring Craig MacArthur in the role of Thomas Magill, is directed by New York theatre director Melissa Firlit.

Misterman is at once a deadly concentration and ambitious expansion of all of Enda Walsh’s plays to-date. Whether Thomas has been unhinged by grief, loneliness or disappointment with the ugliness of the world, Walsh keeps us guessing. The Guardian.

Fiendishly enjoyable to watch.
The Irish Times.

Booking Details

Tickets for this event are available from The Balor Arts Centre, Balybofey.

Tel: 074 91 31840

For all Festival events, tickets will be available for purchase at the venue on the evening of the performance. To avoid disappointment, however, please plan arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the advertised showtime.

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