Rooms: written and directed by Enda Walsh



Room 303 featuring the voice of Niall Buggy

A Girl’s Bedroom featuring the voice of Charlie Murphy

Kitchen featuring the voice of Eileen Walsh

Galway International Arts Festival’s hit installation ‘Rooms’, written and directed by Tony Award winning playwright Enda Walsh, will make its New York premiere in May this year.

The installation, which is a series of three short works – Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroom and Kitchen – premiered at Galway International Arts Festival between 2014 and 2016 and were presented together under the collective title of ‘Rooms’ at the Festival in July 2016. ‘A Girl’s Bedroom’ also toured to the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in 2016.

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 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. They feature the voices of three of Ireland’s leading actors – Niall Buggy, Charlie Murphy and Eileen Walsh.

Room 303 is set within the musty bedroom of an old seaside boarding house; A Girl’s Bedroom is set in the pink haze of a young girl’s room untouched for some time; while Kitchen is set within a long and narrow galley kitchenette.

Room 303 features the voice of Niall Buggy

‘Memories disappearing as a larger breath takes them. I look down from this bed into the big space beneath me.’ An old man lies alone, waiting, as his time nears an end. That truth now forgotten. Gone. Completely.

A Girl’s Bedroom features the voice of Charlie Murphy

‘My walking turns in on itself – it scratches the edges and has me turning back and longing for that room.’ At the age of 6, a girl leaves her bedroom and family home and walks. She never stops. Until now.

Kitchen featuring the voice of Eileen Walsh

‘When I was a little girl I dreamt of falling in love with someone good and living in a comfortable house with a bright kitchen.’  In a small kitchen, standing by her sink – a wife wills her implosion.

For their New York premiere, ‘Rooms’, will be presented by the Irish Arts Center on a site-specific location, a former garage, Cybert Tire, on the corner of W51st St and 11th Avenue, Manhattan, New York. The grounds form part of the future home of the new Irish Arts Center.

‘Rooms’ will run concurrently with Walsh’s critically acclaimed 2016 play Arlington (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival), which plays at St. Ann’s Warehouse from 3-28 May 2017.

‘Rooms’ are designed by the Festival’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy, who has collaborated with Walsh on these works over the past three years. The creative team also includes Irish artists and theatre makers Adam Fitzsimons, Ger Sweeney, Pete Nelson and Ciara O’Reilly.

Speaking ahead of the New York premiere, Mr Fahy stated: “We are thrilled to work for the first time with the Irish Arts Center in New York to present these three works by Enda Walsh, and delighted they will run concurrently with Arlington at St. Ann’s Warehouse as part of the Festival’s 40th birthday celebrations. Adapting spaces and buildings has long been a trademark of the Festival and our site-specific venue ‘Cybert Tire’ in Manhattan, a former garage, is a very exciting prospect for the Festival to work with to create the perfect environment for these installations.”

Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright and one of the foremost writers of his generation. The Guardian has called him ‘one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.’

His recent work includes ‘Lazarus’ written with David Bowie; ‘The Last Hotel’ with music by Donnacha Dennehy; ‘Arlington’ and ‘Ballyturk’ (Best Production, Irish Theatre Awards 2014).

He won a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical ‘Once’ in 2012.  ‘Arlington’ and ‘Ballyturk’ [Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival productions] are both playing at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre, Dublin in spring 2017 while ‘Arlington’ plays St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 3-28 May 2017.

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland and Festival Partners Ulster Bank, ABSOLUT and NUI Galway.

‘Rooms’ will be installed at Cybert Tire, on the corner of W51 St and 11th Avenue, Manhattan, New York from 3-28 May 2017.

Tickets are available on Irish Arts Center’s website,