In 2010 Druid premiered Penelope at Galway Arts Festival where it received rave reviews and was one of the highlights of the Festival. In what was a major achievement for the play, it made The New York Times top ten theatre highlights of 2010. It also won a prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, played at the Helsinki Stage Festival, toured Ireland and ran for three weeks at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York.

“I have given myself to a possibility of love with you! But you have turned me into this, you have reduced me, Penelope… to a fat man in SPEEDOS.”
"It’s 11.30am and already it’s 33 degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love."

Druid would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council in funding the company’s work and also the support of Culture Ireland in funding its international touring programme.

‘Flawlessly performed, what a magnificent, cheeky play this is from Enda Walsh’- The Guardian
‘snarling, mesmerizing howl of a black comedy’- The Washington Post



  • Fitz Niall Buggy
  • Dunne Denis Conway
  • Burns Aaron Monaghan
  • Quinn Karl Shiels
  • Penelope Olga Wehrly

Creative Team

  • Writer Enda Walsh
  • Director Mikel Murfi
  • Set & Costume Designer Sabine Dargent
  • Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
  • Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
  • Casting Director Maureen Hughes

Production Team

  • Production Manager Eamonn Fox
  • Company Stage Manager Sarah Lynch
  • Stage Director Lee Davis
  • Technical Manager Barry O’Brien
  • Set Construction Gus Dewar, Tony Cording
  • Costume Supervisor Doreen McKenna
  • Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
  • Wigs and Make-up Val Sherlock
  • Magic Consultants Keelan Leyser, Charlotte Marie
  • Special Effects Black Powder Monkeys
  • Props Matt Guinane
  • Transport Trevor Price
  • Publicist Kate Bowe PR, Cliona Roberts CRPR
  • Graphic Design Bite! Associates
  • Production Photography Robert Day
  • Poster Image Sarah Jones