Thursday, February 22 at 8pm RSVP at https://courtyardplayhouse.com/events/danu-dubai-presents-new-electric-ballroom-enda-walsh/
Friday, February 23 at 8pm, RSVP at https://courtyardplayhouse.com/events/danu-dubai-presents-new-electric-ballroom-enda-walsh-2/
Saturday, February 23 at 4:30 pm, RSVP at https://courtyardplayhouse.com/events/danu-dubai-presents-new-electric-ballroom-enda-walsh-4/
Saturday, February 24 at 8pm, RSVP at https://courtyardplayhouse.com/events/danu-dubai-presents-new-electric-ballroom-enda-walsh-3/
The play lasts 80 minutes There is no intermission.
Following the success of our critically acclaimed November play: The Al Hamlet Summit which raised the bar for theatre in the region, we are back with another challenging and thought provoking work. Danú is delighted to bring the award-winning The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh to the stage February 22, 23 and 24 at The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz.
Clara: Aileen Dowling Kelly
Breda: Gwen Watson
Ada: Mary Claire Ryan
Patsy: Johnny Dillon
Directed and Produced by Pádraig Downey
Artwork: Christina D'Angelo
Entrance is by guest list. Please register your attendance at http://courtyardplayhouse.com/events/
Enda Walsh's The New Electric Ballroom is a darkly comic fable of the emotionally stultifying effects of small-town life. The award winning play was first performed by Druid Theatre Company at the Galway Arts Festival on 14 July 2008 and later at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh where it transferred to New York.
The play is set in a living room/kitchen in a house in a remote fishing village, where three sisters – Breda, Clara and the youngest, Ada – spend their days obsessively reminiscing about their halcyon days at the New Electric Ballroom. They seem trapped by darker memories of something resembling romance, until Patsy, a local fishmonger, offers the chance of escape.
In his Foreword to Enda Walsh Plays: Two (Nick Hern Books, 2014), Walsh writes: 'as I was writing [The Walworth Farce] I had already decided to write a companion piece called The New Electric Ballroom. Both plays I think of as very Irish – plays about a shared family story where a person visiting will somehow force the truth out of that uncertain history. The New Electric Ballroom was quieter – more elegiac – but again it became about the pressures of the environment on these isolated characters.'
The play won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 and has received international acclaim.