The New Electric Ballroom

  • date Monday, 10 March, 2014
  • group Corofin Dramatic Society
  • author Enda Walsh
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Two sisters, Breda and Clara, cocoon themselves in their house in a remote Irish town of gossip and fish.  The sisters bring story-telling to a new level to avoid truly living.  They obsessively relive the time when, as 17-year-olds, they were nearly seduced at the New Electric Ballroom by the Roller Royle, the singer in a touring band.  Their younger sister, Ada, grew up under the shadow of this story and is, as a result, a woman afraid of emotion.  At the age of 40, Ada yearns for what life and love have to offer.  Patsy, the local fishmonger, is lonesome too, but despite constantly calling to the house cannot get up the courage to approach Ada.  Could Patsy and Ada provide new beginnings for each other?  In this play, Enda Walsh explores the question: “is it better to live and risk being hurt that to feel nothing at all?”

Corofin Dramatic Society

Corofin Dramatic Society qualified for the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone for the last two seasons with By The Bog Of Cats by Marina Carr and The Subject Was Roses by Frank D.Gilroy (placed 3rd), both directed by John Clancy. Winners of the One-Act Confined All-Ireland 2012 with What’s For Pudding by David Tristram, directed by Eileen Lahiffe. Other highlights include: full-length Confined All Ireland winners 2008 for our production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, directed by John Clancy, and winners of the One-Act Confined All-Ireland in 1993 with Three’s a Crowd, a play written and directed by one of our own members, Patricia Shannon.

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