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.
First produced by Corcadorca in 1999, this is a new version of the play. Enda said: ‘Misterman is my first time returning to a play of mine. It's a play that's had a massive effect on everything I've written since 1998. On the page it seems slim but the world of it, the character's history, his disturbing psychosis, always felt huge. I suppose now with 13 years experience and a little more craft I can see what we missed all those years ago. More than the spine of the original remains but it has been developed much further over the past year. Its story travels a more circuitous route than before. There's none of the rush of telling the story of a killer and how he killed. Instead we see the strange detail of what he remembers, of how he has learnt to lie and how his guilt has shaped his bizarre existence. We have gathered an amazing creative team and in Cillian Murphy we have an actor who has the intensity and courage to push himself to the limit. Working to all our potential I hope and believe we can offer a slice of Ireland and Irish theatre that feels dangerous, deeply unsettling and challenging for any audience.’
We have a world-class creative team, including designers Jamie Vartan (set), Adam Silverman (lighting) and Gregory Clarke (sound).
If all of this wasn’t exciting enough, the production will also feature the world premiere of a specially commissioned score by one of Ireland’s leading contemporary composers, and founder of the renowned Crash Ensemble, Donnacha Dennehy. It’s Donnacha’s and Enda’s first time to work together, and it promises to be a hugely exciting collaboration.
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.
Anne and Paul