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Penelope 2010 - Irish Tour, Finland & USA

Enda Walsh

In December 2010 Penelope made it into the The New York Times Top Ten Theatre Highlights of 2010 and in the same year also won a Fringe First Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To read reviews and other press coverage click here.

“Walsh possesses a truly original theatrical voice.” 4 Stars
The Guardian

“This is extraordinary theatre”
The Sunday Independent

About Penelope

“I have given myself to a possibility of love with you! But you have turned me into this, you have reduced me, Penelope… to a fat man in SPEEDOS.”

It’s 11.30am and already it’s 33 degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love.

Druid’s previous partnerships with Enda Walsh (Edinburgh Fringe First Winners, The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom) have led to sell out runs in six countries worldwide wowing critics and audiences alike. Don’t miss this dynamic duo third time round.

For full cast details see here.

Druid would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council in funding the company’s work and also the support of Culture Ireland in funding its international touring programme.

Arts Council    Culture Ireland


Niall Buggy

Denis Conway

Tadhg Murphy
(July – Nov 14, 2010)

Aaron Monaghan
(Feb 10 – Apr 3, 2011)

Karl Shiels

Olga Wehrly

Creative Team

Enda Walsh

Mikel Murfi

Set & Costume Designer
Sabine Dargent

Lighting Designer
Paul Keogan

Sound Designer
Gregory Clarke

Casting Director
Maureen Hughes

Production Team

Production Manager
Eamonn Fox

Company Stage Manager
Sarah Lynch

Stage Director
Lee Davis

Assistant Stage Managers
Danny Erskine (Galway)
Rachel Godding (Tour)

Technical Manager
Barry O’Brien

Set Construction
Gus Dewar
Tony Cording

Costume Supervisor
Doreen McKenna

Wardrobe Mistresses
Amanda Donovan (Galway)
Sarah Holland (Tour)

Scenic Artist
Sandra Butler

Wigs and Make-up
Val Sherlock

Lighting Technicians
Shannon Light
Pat O’Reilly

Peter Nelson
Mick McLoughney
Tim Byrne
Keith Newman
Noel Tate
Jason McCafferty

Edinburgh Crew
Jon Meggat

Magic Consultants
Keelan Leyser
Charlotte Marie

Special Effects
Black Powder Monkeys

Matt Guinane

Trevor Price

Kate Bowe PR
Cliona Roberts CRPR

Graphic Design
Bite! Associates

Production Photography
Robert Day

Poster Image
Sarah Jones

Additional Thanks
Sé Purcell
Alex Fernie
Oddie Sherwin
Bryan Dunne
Michael Slattery & Associates
Syl Harty
East Galway Fire Prevention
Galway Fire Service
Pat O’Grady
Mongey Communications
Rynn Engineering
Deirdre Looney
Aine Caulfield
Paul Fahy & John Crumlish at Galway Arts Festival


Please note that some publications do not have online links and therefore not all reviews appear here.

The New York Times
“how many plays these days offer as much to think about as this one does?”

AndrewAndrew Video Review
Watch video review

Back Stage
“haunting and hilarious stuff”

The Guardian
“the 90-minute piece constantly stimulates the nervous system”

The Sunday Times (5 stars)
“Best of all, though, is Enda Walsh’s grandiose, unashamedly pretentious Penelope

The Scotsman (4 stars)
“The performances are dazzling”

Sunday Independent
“This is extraordinary theatre”

Irish Theatre Magazine
“intimate, lyrical and fluent ensemble work from this all-star cast and crew”

Irish Times
“poetic and surreal comedy”

Galway Advertiser
“a layered play of terrific verve, imagination and theatricality”

General Press Coverage – USA

The New York Times – 16.12.10
READ about Penelope making the Top Ten Theatre highlights in New York in 2010

General Press Coverage – Ireland

Interview with Enda Walsh – 14.07.10
WATCH interview with Enda the day after Penelope premiered at Galway Arts Festival.

RTÉ 1 News – 12.07.10
WATCH Galway Arts Festival preview featuring Penelope and interview with Enda

GAFTV Interview with Enda Walsh
WATCH interview with Enda Walsh

RTÉ Radio 1 Morning Ireland – 09.07.2010
LISTEN to writer Enda Walsh talking about Penelope

RTÉ Lyric FM Arts News – 13.07.2010
LISTEN to an interview with writer Enda Walsh

The Irish Times – 28.08.10
READ Penelope wins Fringe First Award

The Irish Times – 13.07.10

The Irish Times – 22.07.10
READ a review of a day at Galway Arts Festival including Penelope

General Press Coverage – UK

The Scotsman – 04.08.10
READ an interview with writer Enda Walsh


Edinburgh Fringe First Award (August 20th, 2010)
For more read HERE


Karl Shiels received a Best Actor nomination in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for his role as Quinn. For more read HERE



Penelope 2010 - New York, USA (St Ann's Warehouse)

October 23 – November 14, 2010

Penelope 2010 - Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (Pavilion Theatre)

September 14 – 18, 2010

Penelope 2010 - Galway (Town Hall Theatre)

September 9 – 12, 2010

Penelope 2010 - Helsinki, Finland (The Stage Theatre Festival)

September 1- 2, 2010

Penelope 2010 - Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Traverse Theatre)

August 5 – 29, 2010

Penelope 2010 - Cork, Ireland (Everyman Palace Theatre)

July 27 – 31, 2010

Penelope 2010 - Galway (Druid Lane Theatre)

July 8 – 24, 2010
(July 14, 2010 – Opening Night)

*Running Time – 90 mins with no interval

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