“After years of making work, the ambition is still to keep theatre alive, dangerous, unknowable and dreadfully f**king exciting for an audience.”
A sold out world premiere of BALLYTURK by Enda Walsh is on in Galway’s Black Box Theatre. And if you’ve got a ticket, you’re one of the luckiest people on earth.
New Irish plays bound for stages all over the world routinely begin life in small spaces like Galway’s Black Box. It’s great to catch them wherever you can later – London, New York, LA, Sydney. But nothing compares to seeing the original production in the home town theatre in front of the home town crowd.
Here’s an invigorating video interview (inside an Irish Times story) with the four artists involved. It beautifully captures why these Enda Walsh plays are so memorable and unique – especially when you see them with an Irish cast.
UPDATE: Here’s the video only
According to Walsh, “The piece is the most crazy, wild, charged thing I think I’ve ever done.” If you know his other plays – that is saying something!
“You won’t go as a human being to BALLYTURK and NOT come out on the other side going “Oh my god!”
“With Enda you always know it will be unique and original. There is no one else like him.”
“It will be an evening of pure theatre. It won’t be about something – it will be something.”
High praise. But Walsh is the real deal.
After Galway, BALLYTURK heads to Dublin, Cork, and the National Theatre in London.
After that… stay tuned for US tour details.
7.15.2014 Irish Times Review