Galway International Arts Festival invites you to explore a new Room, 'Bedsit'

10 August 2021

Written and directed by Enda Walsh

Designed by Paul Fahy

6-18 September 2021

Tickets on sale now

Galway International Arts Festival is delighted to unveil a new space to explore in the evolving ROOMS series by Enda Walsh.

Premiering at the Galway International Arts Festival this September, Bedsit is the eighth in this series of unique immersive theatre installations from Walsh, one of Ireland’s most internationally celebrated playwrights, and Galway International Arts Festival Artistic Director Paul Fahy.

Discover it for yourself at Columban Hall, Sea Road, Galway from 6-18 September. Tickets on sale now from

‘I’m up and about and living again without realising that that’s what I’m doing.’

A woman will live her day as she lives it most days. Nothing of great significance will happen to her – but she will be living.

All seven previous Rooms have had their world premiere at Galway International Arts Festival, including Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, Office 33A, Waiting Room and Changing Room and have featured the voices of some of Ireland’s leading actors, including Niall Buggy, Charlie Murphy, Eileen Walsh, Paul Reid, Donal O’Kelly, Aoife Duffin, Marty Rea. Bedsit will feature the voice of Ruth McCabe.

Each Room is presented as 15-minute immersive theatre installation with an audience of one person/or a small group family booking (up to 4), invited to step inside to explore the intimate space before a recorded audio begins and the story is told.

Rooms has toured to Washington and New York and was presented at the Barbican, London.

Enda Walsh’s recent work includes his new play Medicine (Landmark Productions and GIAF) currently playing at Edinburgh Festival and opening in Galway in September, the musical Sing Street; the stage adaptation of Max Porter’s book Grief is the Thing with Feathers; The Same; The Second Violinist, an opera with Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy; and the musical Lazarus, written with David Bowie. He won a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical Once.

Praise for previous Rooms:

‘Guaranteed to take up residence in your head.’
The New York Times

'a haunting immersive experience... meticulously decorated.'
Financial Times

'Part installation, part prose-poem, this strangely beautiful piece takes its audience into other people’s heads. Immaculately designed.'
The Guardian

‘Walsh at his most Joycean.’
The New Yorker

‘Line by line, detail by detail, it’s phenomenal...[the] design…never less than a triumph. Stunning.'
The Times

Bedsit will premiere as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2021.

When to See Bedsit at GIAF21:

Running from 6 – 18 September
From 12 noon every 30 mins to 6pm, with later evening shows to 8pm on Fridays

Limited Capacity. Only one single or group booking available per showing to avoid sharing
with unconnected persons.

Venue: Columban Hall, Sea Road

Tickets: Single €10, Two people €16, Three people €21, Four people €25

Galway International Arts Festival acknowledges the support of its principal funding agencies, The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, Galway City Council, its Education Partner NUI Galway, its Energy Partner Flogas, and Drinks Partner Heineken®.

Instagram: @GalwayIntArts

Press information: Sinead O’Doherty, O’Doherty Communications +353 86 259 1070