Enda Walsh's play Misterman, written for a solo performer, is a study of one man’s descent into religious mania in small-town Ireland. It was first produced by Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival, and performed at the Black Box Theatre, Galway, as part of the Galway Arts Festival, on 11 July 2011 (previews from 7 July). (An earlier version of Misterman, performed by Enda Walsh and directed by Pat Kiernan, was produced by Corcadorca Theatre Company at the Granary Theatre in Cork in April 1999.)
The play's action is set in 'an abandoned depot/dilapidated factory' in Inishfree, where loner Thomas Magill lives out his days, interacting with the people of the town via tape-recordings he has made of their voices, or by impersonating them himself. Magill is a fierce evangelist, disgusted by the ungodliness of the townspeople. 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. He is convinced that it’s up to him to save the sinful place, but his deranged mental state leads to dire consequences for him and the town.
The Landmark Productions/Galway Arts Festival production was directed by Enda Walsh and designed by Jamie Vartan. It was performed by Cillian Murphy (who had appeared in Walsh's Disco Pigs fifteen years earlier) with the voices of Marcella Riordan, Alice Sykes, Eanna Breathnach, Niall Buggy, JD Kelleher, Simone Kirby, Mikel Murfi, Morna Regan, Eileen Walsh and Barry Ward. The production transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse, New York, on 30 November 2011, and the Lyttelton auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 18 April 2012 (previews from 14 April).