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New Electric Ballroom

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Two old women, trapped 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.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Nick Hern Books
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Chambers Stevens
I have never seen an Enda Walsh play on stage.
So I must be missing something in the text.
New Electric Ballroom is one of his most popular plays.
But I'm not really sure why.
There are a lot of British plays like it.
It's dark.
And very very English.
Many of the references I am not sure about.
This may actually 'play' well (a local production that got good reviews impelled me to read it) ... but as a strictly read script it's a bit of a snooze.
I finished reading this about a week ago, and just don't want to file it away. Don't want to move on to the next thing, and instead just wallow in its glow.

Ever since seeing it at UCLA's Freud, I've been reeling in amazement and wonder at Irish playwright Enda Walsh's breathtaking talent, insight and poetry.
Saw the play first at St. Ann's Warehouse. The grief is much more apparent in text, although none of the comedic effects are lost.
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Enda Walsh (born 1967) is an Irish playwright born in Dublin and currently living in London. Walsh attended the same secondary school where both Roddy Doyle and Paul Mercier taught. Having written for the Dublin Youth Theatre, he moved to Cork where he wrote Fishy Tales for the Graffiti Theatre Company, followed by Ginger Ale Boy for Corcadorca Theatre Company. His main breakthrough came with the ...more
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