The New Electric Ballroom
The Walworth FarceBook - 2009
"In the joint publication...we find Walsh writing with a splendid combination of grace and grit about characters caught in a tape loop."--Paul Muldoon for the Times Literary Supplement
Praise for The Walworth Farce :
"Complex, dark, and emotionally rich. . . . The central conceit, that this is a farce within a tragedy, is a master stroke of meta-theatricality. . . . It rewards with a theatrical experience that claws at the imagination for days afterwards."-- Variety
Praise for The New Electric Ballroom :
"For the second year in a row [at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe] Enda Walsh supplied the most intoxicating and original piece of writing with his pitch-dark but tender-hearted play. . . . The New Electric Ballroom affirms his growing reputation as a contender to take his place in the long, distinguished line of great Irish playwrights."-- The New York Times
This volume brings together two masterworks by the London-based Irish playwright Enda Walsh: unmistakably Irish, galloping gothic comedies about the use of theater and oral traditions to warp family history. In The Walworth Farce , one-play-playwright Dinny forces his adult sons Sean and Blake to enact his own version of why they are living in a rotting London flat, in exile from their native Cork. The New Electric Ballroom is set in a small fishing village in Ireland, where spinster sisters Breda and Clara, and their much-younger sibling Ada, replay a scandalous incident at a dance hall when they were in the bloom of their youth.
Enda Walsh has been recognized by numerous awards for his plays, which include Disco Pigs , Bedbound , Small Things , and Chatroom . He also wrote the screenplay for Hunger , winner of the Camera d'Or award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.