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  • Playwright

    Enda Walsh 

  • Setting

    The bottom of a swimming pool.

  • Synopsis

    It’s 11.30am and already it’s 33 degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love. A dark new take on the classic Greek myth of Penelope, wife of Odysseus.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    13 July 2010

  • Producer

    Produced by Druid

  • Original Venue

    The Mick Lally Theatre

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    'Penelope' was first performed at Theater Oberhausen, Germany, on the 27 February 2010, where it was directed by Tilman Knabe. The Druid production listed here was the play's English-language premiere.

Original Cast  
Dunne Denis Conway
Quinn Karl Shiels
Fitz Niall Buggy
Burns Tadhg Murphy
Penelope Olga Wehrly
Production Team  
Director Mikel Murfi
Designer Sabine Dargent
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Special Effects Black Powder Monkeys
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Technical Manager Barry O'Brien
Stage Director Lee Davis
Assistant Stage Manager Danny Erskine
Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Godding
Company Stage Manager Sarah Lynch
Lighting Operator Shannon Light
Lighting Operator Pat O'Reilly (2)
Set Construction Gus Dewar
Set Construction Tony Cording
Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
Wardrobe Mistress Sarah Holland
Costume Supervisor Doreen McKenna (1)
Wardrobe Mistress Amanda Donovan
Crew Peter Nelson
Crew Tim Byrne
Crew Keith Newman
Crew Noel Tate
Crew Jason McCafferty
Crew Mick McLoughney
Graphic Design Bite! Associates
Production Photography Robert Day
Programme photography Sarah Jones(1)
Make-Up Val Sherlock
Transport Trevor Price
Publicity Kate Bowe (Bowe Communications)
Publicity Cliona Roberts
Wigs by Val Sherlock
Casting Director Maureen Hughes
Props Matthew Guinnane
Magic Consultant Keelan Leyser
Magic Consultant Charlotte Marie




The source of information for this entry was taken from the programme for the original Druid production. Additional information was taken from the Theater Oberhausen website.