‘You can’t hear it what with the noise and the horrible effort of all those bodies looking for ‘the grab’. But love’s still there in the dark somewhere. Close my eyes and I can hear it saying my name.’
It’s 1972 and a young woman works the cloakroom in her local dancehall. Her life’s long search for real love is about to come to an end.
Cloakroom is the tenth in a series of immersive theatre installations by Enda Walsh following on from Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, Office 33A, Waiting Room, Changing Room, Bedsit and Middle Bedroom, collectively known as Rooms which he has made with Paul Fahy for Galway International Arts Festival. Rooms has toured to Washington and New York, and most recently to the Barbican London.
Enda Walsh’s recent work includes Medicine; the musical Sing Street; the stage adaptation of Max Porter’s book Grief is the Thing with Feathers; the musical Lazarus, written with David Bowie; The Same; and The First Child an opera with Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. His screen adaptation of Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These starring Cillian Murphy recently completed filming. He won a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical Once.