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Ballyturk

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Ballyturk

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A gut-wrenchingly funny, achingly sad play featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy. The lives of two men unravel over the course of ninety minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? Enda Walsh's play Ballyturk premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2014. It subsequently toured Ireland before opening at the National Theatre, London. 'A complete blast' — WhatsOnStage 'Wild, fast, often hilarious and sometimes melancholy... Enda Walsh retains his ability to unsettle, to place side by side daft slapstick, playful theatricality and sublime poetry' — The Arts Desk 'A richly theatrical experience… combines manic physical comedy with a meditation on the brevity of our earthly existence… imagine Under Milk Wood interpreted by Buster Keaton and you get the picture' — Guardian 'Ferocious physical slapstick comedy is interspersed with heartbreakingly tender and delicately poetic explorations of the soul... it throbs with searing poignancy at times, is riotously funny at others… a remarkable achievement' — Irish Independent 'Delirious and captivating… this is thrilling theatre, visceral and cerebral, hilarious and sad' — Irish Examiner

Author Biography:

Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright. He lives in London. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His recent plays include: Medicine at the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival and Galway International Arts Festival; Arlington at the 2016 Galway International Festival; an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Twits for the Royal Court (2015); Ballyturk and Room 303 at the 2014 Galway International Arts Festival; Misterman, presented by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland, London and New York (2011–2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and London, from 2010–2011, The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York and LA from 2008–2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 2007–2010. He collaborated with David Bowie on the musical Lazarus (New York Theatre Workshop, 2015, and West End, 2016), and won a Tony Award in 2012 for writing the book for the musical Once, seen on Broadway, in the West End and on a US tour. His other plays include Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican), which played Dublin and a British tour in 2008; Chatroom (National Theatre), which played at the National Theatre and on tour in Britain and Asia (2006–2007); and The Small Things (Paines Plough), which played London and Ireland (2005). His early plays include Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival) and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca). His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4), winner of the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Release date NZ
July 10th, 2014
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Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Pages
80
ISBN-13
9781848424197
Product ID
22488841

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