For the first full production at Southwark Elephant, artistic director Chris Smyrnios has cleverly programmed this slick revival of leading Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce, which is set nearby, in a council flat on the Walworth Road.
‘Ludicrous, funny, then sinister’: THE WALWORTH FARCE – Southwark Playhouse Elephant
It is more than 15 years since Enda Walsh’s play The Walworth Farce arrived in London and, like many big hits, the scale of its popularity then has been matched by the speed with which it has been forgotten. It is well due a revival, and the Southwark Playhouse’s revival, directed by Nicky Allpress is exciting.
‘Often finds the sweet spot between the comedy & tragedy’: THE WALWORTH FARCE – Southwark Playhouse Elephant
Writer John Mortimer once said “Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute”, a notion which Enda Walsh seems to have taken to heart in his 2006 play The Walworth Farce at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant, featuring, as it does, distinct elements of both to provide a fascinating hybrid.
New post-show Q&A: Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce is homeward bound via Southwark Playhouse Elephant
Following the 7.45pm performance of Enda Walsh’s acclaimed 2006 play The Walworth Farce on Tuesday 28 February 2022 at Southwark Elephant, I’ll talk to creatives and cast. Any questions? Join us!
‘Has a theatrical impact that is rare indeed’: MEDICINE – Edinburgh International Festival ★★★★★
Medicine, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s production for the International Festival at the Traverse, is a troubling, funny, emotionally devastating and brilliantly realised piece of theatre.
NEWS: Edinburgh International Festival 2021 programme is announced
The Edinburgh International Festival, running from 7-29 August, has announced its 2021 programme which features over 170 classical and contemporary music, theatre, opera, dance and spoken word performances, including 15 new commissions and premieres.
‘Uncomfortable though riveting watch’: CHATROOM – Northern Comedy Theatre (Online review)
Chatroom, a play about being online from Northern Comedy Theatre, is an uncomfortable but riveting watch.
‘Things in it which were admirable’: LAZARUS (Online review)
Prominent among other commemorative David Bowie events is a three-day streaming of Lazarus, the theatre piece that he was working on towards the end of his life and which was ultimately produced to extremely mixed reviews.
‘A beautiful & moving tale of loss & love’: ONCE – Touring ★★★★
Once is not just your average love story. It’s a charming production with a touching tale and exquisite music that’s sure to capture your heart – it’s guaranteed to be a show you’ll want to see more than once.
‘Delicately meticulous with detail’: ROOMS – Barbican Centre
Don’t go to Rooms if you want an easy, escapist 75 minutes, but do go for language, atmosphere, the darkest corners of your own psyches touched with raw beauty.
‘Murphy’s performance is a triumph’: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS – Barbican Theatre ★★★★
Cillian Murphy and writer Enda Walsh’s collaborations on stage tend to lean towards the surreal and avant-garde and Grief Is The Thing With Feathers is no exception.
‘It is a play that requires you to feel rather than to understand’: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS – Barbican Theatre
Grief on stage and in popular culture is rarely considered as a psychological state of its own but as a means or driver for other behaviour.
‘Combines bravura acting with a battery of visual effects’: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS – Barbican Theatre
Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s contemporary classic gets the big-stage treatment, starring Cillian Murphy. With mixed results.
‘An intense, gripping production highlighting the devastating impact of loss’: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS – Barbican Theatre
Based on award-winning novel by Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers premiered in Galway last year. Now this tale of loss and grief, adapted for the stage and directed by Enda Walsh, arrives at the Barbican for its London run.
NEWS: Cillian Murphy will star in premiere of Grief is the Thing with Feathers at the Barbican Theatre
Cillian Murphy will star in Wayward Productions’ inaugural production, Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers, playing at the Barbican Theatre from 25 March to 13 April 2019.
‘Tender enough to move even the stubbornest of souls’: ONCE – Hornchurch
This regional UK premiere of Once the musical should see you falling slowly towards Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in order to book your tickets.
‘Raises the heart & hits the spot’: ONCE – Ipswich ★★★★★
This joint Wolsey and Hornchurch production of Once, the regional premiere long overdue for this lovely show, raises the heart and hits the spot.
DISCO PIGS – Trafalgar Studios
The play centres around the complicated relationship between Lynch and Campbell, taking the viewer through a tumultuous period fraught with love, yearning, desire and infatuation. A powerful coming-of-age story encompasses two young people coming to terms with new & confusing emotions and the desire to escape a current mundane existence for change.
DISCO PIGS – Trafalgar Studios
Pig and Runt were born within minutes of each other in the same Cork hospital ward. They grew up closer than siblings, closer that twins, an incestuous blood pact made amongst the sweat and tears of labour.
NEWS: Evanna Lynch stars in 20th anniversary Disco Pigs at Trafalgar Studios
Marking the 20th anniversary of its explosive British debut, Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs comes to the West End starring Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell.
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