Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company makes its Chicago debut following a sold-out run at London’s National Theatre. Complete with rapid-fire costume changes and mistaken identities, this award-winning play wraps its biting social commentary in high farce—revealing a tender insight into the consequences of getting stuck in the stories we tell ourselves about our lives.
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes (includes intermission)
The Walworth Farce is presented in The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Theater.
International programming at Chicago Shakespeare Theater is supported, in part, by the Julius Frankel Foundation.
It’s 11 o’clock in the morning in a council flat on the Walworth Road in London. In two hours time, as is normal, three Irish men will have consumed six cans of Harp, fifteen crackers with spreadable cheese, ten pink biscuit wafers and one oven cooked chicken with a strange blue sauce. In two hours time, as is normal, five people will have been killed.
This remarkable play by Enda Walsh combines hilarious moments with shocking realism as it delivers an achingly tender insight into what happens when we become stuck in the stories we tell ourselves about our lives.
The gradual discovery of the rules of the game played by this father and his two young adult sons, the revelation of the significance of the objects and events they act out, and the reasons for their lives of agoraphobic seclusion are among the pleasures of the Druid Theatre production.
– Contributed by the CST Education Department
A Scholar’s Perspective by Beatrice Bosco
Beatrice Bosco reflects on farce and Irish drama.
The Druid Theatre Company
Based in Galway, Ireland, the Druid Theatre Company has established an international reputation for both classic and new work, such as DruidSynge, the company’s production of all six plays of John Millington Synge on the same day, and the world premieres of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy.
Enda Walsh New York Times Profile
Playwright Enda Walsh contemplates how he grew up in a happy, normal family, which inspired the abnormal one in his play The Walworth Farce.
Enda Walsh Guardian Profile
Obsessive reenactments are nothing new to Enda Walsh, whose plays, in spite of their poetry and humor, present a dark view of life.