Enda Walsh

Misterman (NHB Modern Plays)

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A virtuosic study of one man's descent into religious mania in small-town Ireland.
Inishfree might seem like a quaint Irish town, but fierce evangelist Thomas Magill knows better. He knows that jovial Dwain Flynn is a miserable drunk, that Timmy O’Leary enslaves his lovely mother, and that sweet Mrs Cleary is a blasphemous flirt.
It is down to Thomas, with God on his shoulder, to save this sinful place. But the townsfolk are not listening, an angel is misbehaving and a barking dog will not be silenced. Just how far will Thomas go in his quest for salvation?
This new edition of Enda Walsh’s Misterman was published alongside the 2012 production at the National Theatre starring Cillian Murphy.
'a fantastic, whirring monologue of small town life and flickering faith… a ninety-minute rollercoaster, kaleidoscopic in mood and construction, a perfectly realised stage poem' WhatsOnStage
'a terrific study of religious mania, loneliness and longing' The Arts Desk
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44 printed pages
Original publication


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