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Druid Theatre, 2010 Director Mikel Murfi Writer Enda Walsh Starring Niall Buggy, Denis Conway, Tadhg Murphy, Karl Shiels & Olga Wehrly

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.


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

Philip Potempa Northwest Indiana Times

extravagantly imaginative ... (a) fascinating, dizzying play

Ben Brantley The New York Times

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

Michael Billington The Guardian

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

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

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

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

original, compelling and brutally humorous tragedy

Aleks Sierz The Arts Desk

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

Chris Jones Chicago Tribune