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The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - World tour

Enda Walsh

  • The New Electric Ballroom
  • The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh
  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Keith Pattison

In 2009 The New Electric Ballroom received its Australian and American premieres, toured extensively in Ireland and was also staged in London.

“Mr Walsh … has a breathtaking lyrical gift capable of encompassing daft humor and spine-chilling truths in language that still remains powerfully real” New York Times (link)

“pricelessly funny … deeply moving” Variety (link)


Funny, tender-hearted and at times pitch dark.

The New Electric Ballroom is a coiled, dark, glitter-dusted fable of the emotionally stultifying effects of small-town life. Here possibilities are endless, hopes are high and opening your heart might be the one thing that saves you.

This production has wowed audiences in Edinburgh, Perth, London, Galway, Dublin and on tour around Ireland. The winning combination of great writing and breathtaking performances – “the acting is superlative” New York Times – is simply too good to miss!

The Walworth Farce


Culture Ireland Arts Council

The US and Australian tour was supported by Culture Ireland.


Cast

Breda
Rosaleen Linehan

Ada
Catherine Walsh

Clara
Ruth McCabe

Patsy
Mikel Murfi

Creative Team

Written and directed by
Enda Walsh

Set Design
Sabine Dargent

Lighting Design
Sinéad McKenna

Sound Design
Gregory Clarke

  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Toni Wilkinson
  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Keith Pattison
  • Photo by Keith Pattison

On The Play

“another extraordinary work from Walsh” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Time Out Mar 09

“as poignant as any other Irish play we’ve seen in the Festival in recent years”
The West Australian Feb 09

“shatteringly fine theatre, directed by Walsh himself with an explosive theatrical energy that puts most British theatre work to shame” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Scotsman Aug 08 – Joyce McMillan

“a beautiful and devastating play“★ ★ ★ ★
The Guardian Aug 08 – Lyn Gardner

“one of the most exciting nights in Irish theatre”
Mail on Sunday Jul 08

“a yearning sorrowful, deeply touching piece”
The Sunday Independent Jul 08

“darkly universal: in short, the story of our lives”
The Irish Times Jul 08

On The Cast

“The presence of the great Irish actress Rosaleen Linehan in Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom is reason enough to see the play”
The Independent Mar 09

“a breathtaking series of performances” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
*The Scotsman Aug 08 * – Joyce McMillan

“The beauty and humor of Mr. Walsh’s writing flares into unforgettable life in the performances of the superlative cast”
The New York Times Aug 08

On Enda Walsh

The New Electric Ballroom affirms Mr. Walsh’s growing reputation as a contender to take his place in the long, distinguished line of great Irish playwrights.”
The New York Times Aug 08

“Walsh goes beyond Beckett and creates his own brilliantly skewed world”
Variety Aug 08

“Walsh confirms himself as one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre”
The Guardian Aug 08 – Lyn Gardner

“Walsh writes with an invention and verve all his own”
The Times Mar 09

Winner Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2009

  • Best New Play
  • Best Supporting Actor (Mikel Murfi)

Winner Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2008

2009

Performances

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Los Angeles (UCLA Live)

December 2 — December 6, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - New York (St. Ann's Warehouse)

October 27 — November 22, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Dublin (Peacock Theatre as part of Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival)

September 23 — October 17, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom (matinee) 2009 - Cork (Everyman Palace Theatre)

April 25, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Cork (Everyman Palace Theatre)

April 21 – 25 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Galway (Town Hall Theatre)

April 15—19, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Portlaoise, Co. Laois (Dunamaise Theatre)

April 11—12, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Longford (Backstage Theatre)

April 7 — 8, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - London (Riverside Studios)

March 3 — 29, 2009

The New Electric Ballroom 2009 - Australia (Perth Intl. Arts Festival)

February 17 – 25, 2009

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