Monday 27 January 2020

Cillian Murphy keeps crowds flocking to Ballyturk

Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea from the play Ballyturk.
Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea from the play Ballyturk.

By Melanie FinnShowbiz Editor

Cillian Murphy's pulling power is helping make his latest theatre appearance a smash-hit after Ballyturk sold out most of its dates.

The Batman Begins star (38) has been treading the boards in Dublin's Olympia Theatre in Enda Walsh's latest offering.

And despite leaving some theatre-goers baffled plot-wise, the play has brought culture vultures flocking to the show, which has become the hottest ticket in town.

According to the promoters, most of this week has sold out, with tickets going fast for the remaining dates.

The play sold out when it debuted at the Galway Arts Festival last month and it looks set to repeat that success.

Speaking about the quirky drama, Cork-born Murphy said that it wasn't a play that would work as a TV show or a movie due to its complex nature.

"It's pure theatre and when it works it's magical," he said.

Co-starring Stephen Rae and Mikel Murfi, Ballyturk sees Murphy coming full circle with writer Enda Walsh, who gave him his first break in the Cork stage production of Disco Pigs.'

"I haven't been back playing in Cork for almost 20 years since Disco Pigs, so it should be good. I'm delighted that we're bringing the show down there," he said.

Murphy said he isn't selective about theatre, TV or film work as long as it's well-written.


"I just really like Enda's plays, I think they're brilliant," he said. "I've always tried to follow good writing regardless of the medium. I was very lucky as a kid to meet Enda, and he gave me my first part in a play.

"It was my first professional role and we managed to tolerate each other since then, so from a purely selfish point of view you want to be in the best plays and you want to work with the best writers and he happens to be that."


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