Thursday, 2 October 2014

'Ballyturk' National Theatre, Lyttleton ****

 It always amazes me of the vast amounts of style of plays that surrounded around London, and one's favourite theatrical venues, the National Theatre presents us with a bizarre and uncanny play, ‘Ballyturk’, which continues the playwright, Enda Walsh’s austere representation of the contemporary world. ‘Ballyturk’ was first seen as part of this summer’s, Galway International Arts Festival, and one found the performance fulfils us  with an amalgamation of amusing and provocative elements. The play takes place within a bunker inspired environment with two enclosed young men, who appear to have forgotten their individualities, and refer to each other as, One and Two. To prevent boredom due to their penetrating isolation, they undertake many silent-comedy ceremonials and hazarding a guess into the actions of daily life in a fictional town that has been devised called Ballyturk. This is shown when One expresses a disconcerting story about the town, and how ghastly some of the townspeople are, e.g. the old lady who manages the local corner shop. Comparatively, the character Two is extremely simple-minded who meanders around in his unsavoury underpants, and does not appear to be too perturbed by his seclusion from the events of the outside world. He likes a strict and cohesive routine and if his routine is disturbed, he becomes increasingly anxious and upset that something ruthless might occur. This clearly depicts a typical Asperger’s characteristic. However, when Three enters the frame, we see the obscurity of One and Two’s situation, and it seems that the fate of One and Two is undeniably fraught with danger, as one of them has to be obliterated if they want to escape. One imagines that he abducted both of them as a child, and quarantines them from the rest of civilisation. Walsh’s narrative creates the discombobulating situation of the plays premise, and one found the plot made you frequently think about what's going on throughout. The performances by the limited company of ‘Ballyturk’ were phenomenally imaginative and, thought-provoking indeed. Cillian Murphy is remarkable as One. I thought he conveyed and fascinating portrayal of a man who becomes fixated with the world that is truly false, and his self-harming scenes were infectiously wicked. Mikel Murfi is celestial as the dopey and dim-witted, Two; in particular his facial expressions that are truly mesmerising, this reminds me of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ character, Lenny. Stephen Rea is fantastic as the heavy smoking and disconcerting, Three. One thought he instigated the perplexing atmosphere that exudes through the performance, and his presence is unprecedented as the character knows exactly what is about to occur. Enda Walsh directs his own play with heavenly ease and polish. It undoubtedly makes you question why One and Two had been segregated from society, and why the somewhat bunker appear to be a slight replica of the Big Brother house, and how Three has been given the impersonation of the George Orwell character, Big Brother. James Vartan's design is impressive indeed here as he is created the environment of total depravity with opulent detail, and there is an essence of cabin fever that is apparent through the position of furniture that's been fixed onto their scenic flats. Overall ,the experience of ‘Ballyturk' was exceedingly splendorous and most recommended.

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