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The Gate Theatre Presents

The New Electric Ballroom

Written by Enda Walsh

Dark comedy Family drama Irish Suitable for 14+


23rd February
– 1st April 2023
Gate Theatre, Dublin 1 Mon-Fri | 7:30pm

| 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Approx. 90 min
(No interval)
More info on our Post Show Q & A on 6th March

About the play

Trapped in the memories of their youthful nights at The New Electric Ballroom, sisters Breda and Clara reflect on lost love and what might have been.

As they reminisce, their younger sister Ada looks to re-ignite Breda and Clara’s spirits, and resurrect the smallest glimmer of love and hope in their remote fishing village home.

A virtuoso, absurdist fable of the debilitating effects of small-town life, Enda Walsh’s stunning play won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2008 and confirmed him as one of Ireland’s most distinctive and dynamic writers of the modern era.

Marking the debuts of both Emma Jordan and Enda Walsh on the Gate Theatre stage, the production will also tour to The Everyman, Cork from Tuesday, April 4th to Friday, April 7th.

Age recommendation: 14+

Please be advised that this production contains strong language, themes of an adult nature and the use of strobe lighting. The production also contains sudden loud noises.



Winner Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2009 Best New Play and Best Supporting Actor (Mikel Murfi)

Winner Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2008


Barbara Brennan is Breda Jane Brennan is Clara
Orla Fitzgerald is Ada Marty Rea is Patsy



Dagmar Döring Cover for Ada and Clara
Ross Gaynor Cover for Patsy
Clara Simpson Cover for Breda

Creatives & Crew

Written by Enda Walsh

Directed by Emma Jordan

Set and Costume Designer: Kat Heath

Lighting Designer: Ciarán Bagnall

Sound Designer: Katie Richardson

Movement/Choreographer: Liz Roche

Production Manager: Mikee Lonergan

Stage Manager: Sophie Flynn

Assistant Stage Manager: Mark Jackson

Costume Assistant: Aoife Eustace Doyle

Hair & Makeup Artist: Sarah McCann

Saxophonist: Ben Castle


Booking Information

In advance of booking, we kindly ask that patrons with accessibility requirements to contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie
Previews Thursday, 23rd – Monday 27th February
Opening Night Tuesday, 28th February
Closing Night Saturday, 1st April
ISL-interpreted performance Saturday 18th March | 2:30pm


Post Show Q&A with the cast of The New Electric Ballroom

Audience members who have purchased tickets for the 6th of March are also invited to attend the Q&A which will be held in the auditorium after the show and will last approx. 30 minutes.

6th March


Mon-Fri | 7:30pm
Sat | 2:30pm & 7:30pm
No show St Patrick’s Day
No matinee Saturday, 25th February
Tickets from €15


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Student and OAP Discount
Students and OAPs can can avail of discounted tickets to see any show here at the Gate Theatre.

These tickets can be purchased in-person from the Box Office on the day you intend to attend the show.

This offer is available Monday – Thursday only. Tickets from €20.


Rehearsal Photography by Ros Kavanagh
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