head shot of actors Dan Skinner, Rachelle Diedericks, Emmet Byrne & Killian Coyle

Cast revealed for The Walworth Farce at Southwark Playhouse Elephant

Southwark Playhouse has revealed full casting for the The Walworth Farce which opens its new purpose built venue in Elephant & Castle..

Nicky Allpress’s revival of Enda Walsh’s award winning The Walworth Farce will feature actor and comedian Dan Skinner, best known for his character ‘Angelos Epithemiou’ (Shooting Stars and various TV comedy shows); Emmet Byrne who’s theatre credits include The Long Christmas Dinner (Abbey Theatre), NW Trilogy (Kiln Theatre), Blood Wedding (Wiltshire Creative) and Cell Mates (Hampstead Theatre); Killian Coyle whose theatre credits include All That We Found Here (The New Theatre, Dublin), The Boys, Young Skings (Reality Check Productions); and, Rachelle Diedericks, whose theatre credits include The Crucible, Our Generation (National Theatre), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), The Band (Theatre Royal Haymarket, UK Tour) and Cymbeline (LIPA).

The Walworth Farce is a remarkable play about what can happen when people become stuck in the stories they tell about their lives. Visceral and tender, the play combines hilarious moments with shocking realism.

Set in a council flat on the Walworth Road in South London, fifty-year-old Dinny, exiled from his native city Cork, lives here with his two sons Blake (twenty-five) and Sean (twenty-four). Every day they perform a bizarre ritual which sees The Walworth Farce fracture into a play-within-a-play which depicts, in garbled form, their last day in Ireland. The play explores the psychological impact of exile and dependency on a mythologised version of the past – themes that recur frequently in Walsh’s work.

The piece was first performed in Galway, Cork and Dublin in 2006 it was revived at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 2007 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First award. The play received its London premiere at the National Theatre in September 2008.

The Walworth Farce runs from 17 February 2023 until 18 March 2023 at Southwark Playhouse Elephant, London SE1

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📷 Main photo: Dan Skinner, Rachelle Diedericks, Emmet Byrne & Killian Coyle

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