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Monday 23 July 2018

Cillian Murphy to play grieving father in new Enda Walsh-directed play Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Featers. PIC: Tim Walker
Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Featers. PIC: Tim Walker
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Cillian Murphy is set to tread the boards again in a play directed by acclaimed writer/director Enda Walsh.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter, is a moving story of a widower and his young songs which becomes a profound mediation on love, loss and living.

Murphy, who is currently starring in the fourth season of BBC series Peaky Blinders, previously worked with Walsh on Disco Pigs, Ballyturk, and Misterman.

“Couldn’t be any more excited about the prospect of making this piece of work," said Cillian.

Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Featers. PIC: Tim Walker
Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Featers. PIC: Tim Walker

"Grief is the Thing with Feathers truly broke my heart when I first read it and it will be a privilege to bring it to life on stage in Ireland. Complicité’s work on stage has inspired me for many years, and it is always a joy to get in a room with my most trusted collaborator and friend Enda Walsh.”

Walsh added, “It’s a real honour to be asked to bring Max Porter’s singular and wonderful book, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, to the stage by Complicité - a great company whose work always inspires.

"Myself and my collaborators will be reunited with our friend Cillian Murphy who worked with us on Misterman and Ballyturk. It’s thrilling to be premièring this new work in Ireland next spring.”

The world premiere will take place at the Black Box Theatre, Galway on March 20. 2018 at 8pm with previews from March 16 and running until March 24.  The play will then move to the O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin from March 28 to April 5.

Double Act: Cillian Murphy and Enda Walsh.
Double Act: Cillian Murphy and Enda Walsh.

The production will tour in 2019

Tickets on sale Friday 8 December at 2pm

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