Dear Cillian Murphy,
You are trully one of the best actors nowadays…too bad not many people see that, but I do. Congratulation for the best actor award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. I know I didn’t see the play (I really really wish I could) but I am sure you are amazing there as many critics said you were.
While everyone seems to pay attention to Oscar, I have my eyes on a different award. I have shared a bit about the award on my previous Monthly Murphy. The result was announced on February 26.
I didn’t share it in my blog straight away because I want it to be in my March Monthly Murphy.
- Cillian Murphy as Thomas Magill in Misterman , written and directed by Enda Walsh, produced by Landmark Productions/Galway Arts Festival
- Patrick O’Kane as John Proctor in The Crucible , by Arthur Miller, directed by Conall Morrison for The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
- Paul Reid in Man of Valour , written by Michael West, directed by Annie Ryan and produced by Corn Exchange Theatre Company.
- Philip Judge as Older Man in Trade , written by Mark O’Halloran, directed by Tom Creed for Thisispopbaby.
And the winner is:
Cillian Murphy as Thomas Magill in Misterman , written and directed by Enda Walsh, produced by Landmark Productions/Galway Arts Festival.
I love his acceptance speech…such a down to earth speech. (see the video of his speech at the end of this post)
“I only have two words for this really: Enda Walsh, fifteen years ago he gifted me a career with his play Disco Pigs and 15 years later he gifted me the part of Thomas Magill in Misterman. ”
What is Misterman?
It was a play created by the same man that created Disco Pigs, Enda Walsh. If you don’t know Cillian as much as I do, you probably don’t know that Cillian went to law school and was just about to sign a deal for a music record when Enda Walsh offer him to play as the actor in Diusco Pig, a play with only 2 actors in it. And that was the beginning of Cillian’s acting career decision.
15 years after Disco Pigs, he asked Enda why they haven’t work together again ever since? He wanted to play Misterman, a show that had been performed before and Enda was known as someone who won’t repeat his play…but it’s a different case for Cillian, he knew Cillian can pull it through.
Misterman is a show about a man named Thomas Magill who was a bit twisted in the head. This quote from Irish Times can explain the story better.
Seen through the eyes of a quiet, devoutly religious loner – or, more precisely, created in front of us with his jerry-rigged apparatus – it is a place somewhere between purgatory and hell, where Thomas Magill, instrument of the Lord, carefully records everybody’s daily trespasses.
Alone in Black Box Theatre’s eerily cavernous space, Cillian Murphy’s sandals and biblical beard may suggest a Messiah complex, but Enda Walsh’s greatly expanded version of his 1999 play pushes further: he is actually playing God. “Let there be light,” says Murphy, and lo, lamps burn from above and below, casting ghoulish shadows across Jamie Vartan’s exposed, industrial set.
I have compiled articles from across the net back in August 2011, here are the summary of what the articles said about Cillian’s performance in Misterman performed in Ireland:
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.”
Enda Walsh‘s opinion about Cillian shared in Galway Advertiser
To describe Cillian Murphy as amazing in Enda Walsh’s one-man show Misterman barely begins to do justice to the actor’s performance.
Judi Murphy from Galway City Tribune
In a genuinely virtuoso performance, Murphy thus uses the minute detail of a film actor – his flickering eyes and expressive range are deftly eloquent –
Peter Crawley from Irish Time
To read more praises on his performance as Thomas Magill, including a real eye witness report, you can read it in Misterman – A Sold Out Theatrical Performance by Cillian Murphy.
In December 2011, Enda Walsh and Cillian Murphy brought Misterman to New York and it had another success. However I didn’t do much internet search for Misterman in new York. Here are pictures taken from Misterman in New York.
Misterman will next run at London’s National Theatre in April. When it ran in New York last year, the New York Times described Murphy as “electrifying” and said he seemed “to inhabit every millimetre of the vast and cluttered wasteland in which he has been let loose. And it’s not just because of all that running he does from one end of the stage to the other.”
I wish I have lots of money to go to London and see that performance.
Once again, let we all say
May more people know how talented you are 🙂
Behind The Scenes
The speech (at 1:24)