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New Electric Ballroom, The  

New Electric Ballroom, The $19.95 ex GST
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Three old women are trapped in a dark dream of remembered romance in this hypnotic play by the author of Disco Pigs.

Two old women in a remote Irish town of gossip and fish, obsessively relive the time when, as 17-year-olds, they were nearly seduced at the New Electric Ballroom by Roller Doyle, the singer in a touring band. Meanwhile Patsy the fishmonger hovers, desperate to be invited in to break the monotony of fish and cobbled streets. Urged on by Ada, their younger companion, the three women strip and wash him while he confesses to being Roller Doyle’s love-child.

Enda Walsh’s hallucinatory new play is a companion piece to his award-winning 2007 Edinburgh Festival hit, The Walworth Farce. In that play, an Irish father forced his two cowed sons repeatedly to re-enact the myth of their mother’s demise. In The New Electric Ballroom, the genders are reversed, as the three old women obsessively re-enact scenes from their younger lives.

Cast : 1M, 3F

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-532-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


ENDA WALSH is the author of the award-winning Disco Pigs, originally written for his own theatre company in Cork and subsequently staged in over sixteen countries around the world. His other plays include Bedbound and Misterman.

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