Cillian Murphy to reunite with Enda Walsh for Complicite show

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Cillian Murphy is to star in an adaption of Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Enda Walsh.

Walsh will also direct the story of two young sons trying to cope with the sudden death of their mother and the father who faces a future of emptiness when he’s visited by a crow.

Produced by Complicite and Wayward Productions, the play will run at the Black Box Theatre in Galway, Ireland, from March 16 to 24, with press night on March 20.

It will then show at the O’Reilly Theatre in Dublin from March 28 to April 5. The production will tour in 2019.

Walsh and Murphy have previously collaborated on shows including Disco Pigs, Ballyturk and Misterman.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers is co-produced with the Barbican in London, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre, supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody.

It is produced in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival.

Walsh said: “It’s a real honour to be asked to bring Max Porter’s singular and wonderful book, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, to the stage by Complicite – a great company whose work always inspires.

“Myself and my collaborators will be reunited with our friend Cillian Murphy who worked with us on Misterman and Ballyturk. It’s thrilling to be premièring this new work in Ireland next spring.”

Murphy added: “Grief is the Thing with Feathers truly broke my heart when I first read it and it will be a privilege to bring it to life on stage in Ireland.”