Be part of Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy, at Galway Arts Festival
Misterman, a play written and directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy opens at the Galway Arts Festival on July 7. Here’s how you can become involved.
Would you like to help bring one of Ireland’s best actors to the stage at the Galway Arts Festival? You can do just that from as little as €5 on FundIt.ie.
In return you’ll be helping what sounds like and extraordinary piece of theatre come to stage. From the press release:
Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival present
CILLIAN MURPHY in Misterman
written and directed by ENDA WALSH
July 7 – 24, 2011 at the GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL
Thomas is on a journey. Where did it begin? What voices does he hear? And what will they tell him to do?
In a sure fire highlight of the 2011 Galway Arts Festival, Cillian Murphy (Inception, Dark Knight, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) will make his eagerly-awaited return to the stage in a dark, dangerous and blisteringly funny tale of one man and his judgement day.
Enda Walsh (Penelope, The Walworth Farce, Hunger) directs an electrifying new version of his devastating and disturbing play. The production reunites two major stars for the first time since their collaboration with Walsh’s groundbreaking Disco Pigs fifteen years ago.
They are joined by a world-class creative team : the production is designed by Jamie Vartan, with lighting by Adam Silverman. It features sound design by Gregory Clarke (Tony Award winner for Equus) as well as the world premiere of a specially-commissioned score by Donnacha Dennehy (Crash Ensemble).
The Guardian has called Walsh ‘one of the most dazzling wordsmiths in the English language’.
Anne and Paul, the people behind Landmark Productions who are staging the play have explained why they’re looking for your help:
“Misterman is an astonishing play by Enda Walsh. It’s a dark, dangerous, blisteringly funny one-man show that needs an extraordinary actor to take it on, and they don’t come much more extraordinary than Cillian Murphy.
We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Arts Council which, with the box office income, will cover the rehearsal, pre-production and running costs in Galway. However, there is a significant shortfall in the production costs. Anyone who comes to see the show will realise there are massive technical challenges associated with the staging of the play.
If we are to pull it off, we need to raise at least another €15,000 to go towards the physical staging at the Black Box Theatre in Galway. The more we can raise, the more fully we will be able to realize the strange and unsettling world of the play.
Please help us to ensure that we can honour the vision of these extraordinary artists. We’ve put together some fantastic rewards, and hope they will encourage you to support the production. We will be hugely grateful for any help you can give, and will do our level best to make sure that, with your support, we can bring a major production to the stage in Galway this summer.”
You can see the rewards for funders – everything from a programme listing to tickets to signed programmes or programmes to post show talks to VIP Gala invitations and more over on the FundIt.ie page. At time of posting they’re up to €4,600.
If you can’t support it that way, please consider buying a ticket – you can do so here. They cost between €20 and €29.50, it’s staged in the Black Box Theatre and it’s 90 minutes long. I hope they get the funding. It sounds like an extraordinary piece of work.