Monday 22 December 2014

Theatrical football display has us dreaming of a sequel

Diarmuid Lyng

Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

Last Saturday afternoon, I saw Enda Walsh's 'Ballyturk' in Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Starring Cillian Murphy, it was a frenetic, maddening 90 minutes of theatre that made a woman beside me faint and left me feeling nauseous, reeling and eventually inspired. Many around me left the theatre scratching their heads.

The next day, I sat in Croke Park and watched Kerry and Mayo play out an unbelievable 70 minutes of football. The tension was so unbearable, one of our Mayo-born Newstalk colleagues had to leave Croker during the Kingdom's comeback. But after all the drama, to watch Bryan Sheehan's free die in the soft breeze, proceeded immediately by the final whistle I was again left to ponder what it all meant.

Both teams managed to lose the match even though it finished a draw. Kerry headed home relieved even though they spurned two makeable kicks to win the game. Mayo's best half of football this summer came without one of their best players.

Like the two men in 'Ballyturk', the incredible endeavour of the two teams to put a shape to chaos was the ultimate reward, even if it seemed for naught with it being all square at full-time. Or perhaps catharsis was merely delayed. The second act will follow Saturday evening, off Broadway, so to speak.

DM

Irish Independent

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