Enda Walsh

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Director Mikel Murfi Starring
  • Niall Buggy
  • Denis Conway
  • Tadhg Murphy
  • Karl Shiels
    Druid Theatre

    Produced by the Druid Theatre, Penelope premiered in Galway in July 2010 before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival in August. In October it was staged in New York and transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in February 2011.

    Penelope is a riveting and savage take on the classic Greek myth of Penelope, wife of Odysseus.It's 11.30 a.m. and already it's thirty-three degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love.


    what a magnificent, cheeky play this is from Enda Walsh...(he) writes with a comic-poetic savagery that would make the gods themselves weep as he explores the subterfuges and limitations of language itself Lyn Gardner
    The Guardian

    it lives theatrically through Walsh's astonishing way with words...Walsh possesses a truly original theatrical voice Michael Billington
    The Guardian

    vivaciously theatrical Michael Coveney
    What's On Stage

    it's Walsh's writing that strikes us most. His strength is the ability to work magic with language. Henry Hitchings
    London Evening Standard

    among the finest plays Walsh has written...the delicate interplay of knockabout comedy, verbal humour and philosophical themes is superb. Gerry McCarthy
    The Sunday Times

    original, compelling and brutally humorous tragedy Aleks Sierz
    The Arts Desk
    Full Review

    Walsh does everything he can to grab the attention. The velocity of the phrase-making is tremendous; the alliterations are lush; the point-scoring ("heat isn't even a taste") adroit. Susannah Clapp
    The Observer

    extravagantly imaginative ... (a) fascinating, dizzying play Ben Brantley
    The New York Times

    (Walsh) has created a clever commentary on everything from male and female ideals to the perils of war.
    Philip Potempa
    Northwest Indiana Times

    (A) delicious, modern riff on one strand of Homer's Odyssey... Dense, complicated and darkly droll, Chris Jones
    Chicago Tribune