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The Walworth Farce
11 JuneFree, but contribution welcome
Last chance to catch Danú Dubai’s production of Enda Walsh’s black comedy. Dinny and his two sons have left Ireland for London, thanks to a series of absurd events following their grandmother’s funeral. Every day they rehearse the story of the funeral and what followed; their father is keeping the two sons safe in their top floor flat off Walworth Road in South London because the outside world is full of people put to get them. But then a local supermarket cashier follows son Sean back to the flat because he has accidentally taken the wrong shopping, and her presence opens up the fissures that have already been emerging …
“What are we if not our stories?” asks one character. The Walworth Farce explores the psychological impact of exile but also dependency on a mythologised version of the past – themes that recur frequently in Walsh’s writing. The result is a black comedy of the most twisted kind; “the craziest thing about Enda Walsh’s Walworth Farce is how quickly it starts making sense” said the New York Times, and a Guardian review concluded “if there is a bleaker, funnier or more desperate play in Edinburgh this year, I’ll eat my hat”.
Dinny Declan O’Sullivan
Blake Jon Thomas
Sean Adam Petrie
Hayley Sandra Spencer
Directed and Produced by Pádraig Downey for Danú Dubai
Danú and Downey have form with Enda Walsh, having given us a rather good production of her New Electric Ballroom in 2018. Expect more of the same …