Enda Walsh

Penelope (NHB Modern Plays)

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A riveting and savage take on the classic Greek myth of Penelope, wife of Odysseus.
It’s 11.30 a.m. and already it’s thirty-three degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love.
Fringe First Award, Edinburgh 2010
'Grandiose Penelope…mixes classical myth with a bit of Beckett, as interpreted by Father Ted after watching an episode of Lost' – Sunday Times
'extraordinary theatre… terrifying' – Sunday Independent, Ireland
'among the finest plays Walsh has written' – Sunday Times, Ireland
'a wild, crazy, word-drunk piece that is destined to lodge in the memory… Walsh possesses a truly original theatrical voice' – Guardian
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53 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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