Galway International Arts Festival presents

Rooms

Kitchen | A Girl's Bedroom | Room 303 ⎜Bathroom ⎜Office 33A

Written and directed by Enda Walsh
Designed by Paul Fahy

Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh's hit installation Rooms offers a powerful sensory experience.

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Financial Times ★★★★ Broadway World UK ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Londonist

Ushered into a series of five realistic spaces, housing clues to the character once confined within their walls, you’ll hear haunting accounts of solitude as part of an immersive theatre installation.

As one of an audience of six, step inside the meticulously detailed rooms, exploring each for two minutes before the recorded audio begins.

Absorbing texts by Enda Walsh draw us into the highly intimate lives of these individuals, with narration by Niall Buggy, Charlie Murphy, Donal O’Kelly, Paul Reid and Eileen Walsh.

Each individual room is contained within a 5M x 5M white cube. An audience of five people is invited to step inside to explore these spaces for two minutes before the recorded audio begins and each story is told. Each lasts 15 minutes and are presented as installations in a site-specific gallery setting. The five poetic short stories - Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom and Office 33A - premiered at Galway International Arts Festival between 2014 and 2018.

The first three installations were presented together under the collective title of Rooms at the Festival in July 2016. Festival audiences were blown away, calling it “intimate”, “very effective”, and a “really interesting sensory experience”. A Girl’s Bedroom also toured to the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in 2016. In May of 2017, Rooms was installed at the Irish Arts Centre in New York City where the series drew rave reviews from The New York Times, Vogue, and The New Yorker.

In April 2019, all five Rooms installations to date were presented together for the first time at the Barbican Centre in London. There, it was hailed by The Guardian, The Financial Times, Broadway World, and more.

Rooms are designed by the Festival’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy, who has collaborated with Walsh on these works over the past three years.

Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright and one of the foremost writers of his generation.

“Walsh at his most Joycean” The New Yorker
“Part installation, part prose-poem, this strangely beautiful piece takes its audience into other people’s heads. Immaculately designed.” The Guardian
“One of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre” The Guardian on Enda Walsh
“a haunting immersive experience... meticulously decorated” Financial Times
“Paul Fahy’s design is never less than a triumph” The Times