"Kate Gaul has crafted something very special – she's made her actors so raw you can see the nerves twitching below the skin, character's emotions dropping like a sheet from the top of the head or expanding with rich sensuality from the gut."  


Daniel East 








New Electric Ballroom

The New Electric Ballroom - By Enda Walsh (biog and photo - scroll down...)


Siren Theatre's production of The New Electric Ballroom has been nominated for an award - "Best Independent Theatre Production, 2012"  Sydney THeatre Awards = just a bit excited.  The Ceremony is January 12, 2013 - click here to read all about it - http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/history/2012



Congrratulations to all nominees. 


View our production teaser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGG-9OvPzjY




1. Stage Whispers (Whitney Fitzsimmons): http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/new-electric-ballroom-0

"The New Electric Ballroom will subtly reach inside you, tug at the deepest, darkest corners of your mind and make you consider love, romance, family and your own purpose. "


2. Stage Noise (Diana Simmonds): http://www.stagenoise.com/review/1822

"... a richly realised production of a play that deserves and needs such treatment. "


3. Jason Blake: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/dancehall-dalliance-proves-there-were-never-such-devoted-sisters-20120312-1uw1y.html

"Kate Gaul’s production has the measure of the play’s mix of the surreal, the prosaic and the deadpan humorous, hitting the required notes of hysteria with help from Darryl Wallis’s glassy-sounding underscore. Crucially, Gaul has cast these curious characters extremely well...this strong production and its fine acting keep us locked in with these sad sisters for the duration" 



4. Alternative Media (Michelle Porter): http://www.altmedia.net.au/the-new-electric-ballroom-2/50215

"...flawless performances..." 


5. OZ Baby Boomers (Geraldine Worthington): http://www.ozbabyboomers.com.au/theatre/2012/03_12/electric/electric.html

“Odile LeClezio, Genevieve Moody and Jane Phegan all shine without a false note. Their ensemble performance acts as a connective and destructive force creating a domestic savagery as they skilfully negotiate the emotions, the silences and the subtext in the sacred ritual.... A must see. Thumbs up!”


6. Concrete Playground (Diane Cohen): http://sydney.concreteplayground.com.au/event/48422/the-new-electric-ballroom-griffin-independent-and-.htm 




7. Sydney Arts Guide (Richard Cotter): http://www.sydneyartsguide.com/View-Review.asp?ReviewID=1004

"...a story that is re-enacted day after day, like a ritual, complete with a sort of transubstantiation from peasant dress to party frock and garish makeup and lipstick worn like some surreal stigmata.....Kate Gaul’s production is slick, finely nuanced, and as mentioned, beautifully cast" 


8. Daily Telegraph (Chris Hook):  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/whats-on/review-the-new-electric-ballroom-at-the-sbw-stables-theatre/story-e6frexmi-1226298262381

"There's a lot to love about Siren Theatre's production ...  the performances from the cast of four are uniformly superb, an unnerving and stifling claustrophobia informing conversations among the three sisters .... they've gone to the New Electric Ballroom, fallen in love with the teen idol performing and learned a few things about the economy of desire and where they fit within its cruel freemarket."


9. Arts Hub (Ildiko Susany): http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/the-new-electric-ballroom-188172

“Together, lighting and set design create a wonderful world of isolation and dilapidation which fully supports the character’s emotional and psychological torment; as do the costume changes, which transform them into garish versions of their naïve younger selves as they re-enact or relive their past trauma on a night out at The New Electric Ballroom.

Dramatically, the entire cast are excellent, never missing a beat as they support one another through the string of monologues which comprise much of the piece.”



10. Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary: http://kjtheatrereviews.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/new-electric-ballroom.html

“…. through the skill of the writer and the deftly wrought and devoted performances of the actors, and the subtle support of the artistic team … under the sensitive and disciplined direction of Kate Gaul, one is seduced into the music of  the text and the wealth of the imagery and the  human anguish for the disappointed souls that Mr Walsh clearly aches for, and loves….the integrity and skill of the vision of Ms Gaul shines through.

THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM is worth catching.”


11. MC Reviews (Daniel East):http://reviews.media-culture.org.au/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5140 

This is a GREAT review - you  JUST have to read the entire thing!  (Ed) 


12. Augusta Supple:  http://augustasupple.com/2012/03/the-new-electric-ballroom-siren-theatre-company-griffin-independent/

"Director Kate Gaul has harnessed the energetic forces of some of Australia’s finest theatre makers to present this story about the redemptive and the stunting qualities of narratives."



13.  Same Same (Matt D/Silva): http://www.samesame.com.au/reviews/8135/The-New-Electric-Ballroom-Griffin-Theatre.htm

"Think of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, throw in a couple of buckets of fish, a pink coffee cake, three very peculiar ladies, an obsession with an encounter in an electric ballroom and just for the hell of it lets also have someone pee on the floor… "


14. Northside (Polly Simons): http://northside.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/review-the-new-electric-ballroom-sbw-stable-theatre/

"A great director and terrific performances make for claustrophobic yet compelling drama ...."


15. Sun-Herald (Elissa Blake) 8/10



16. A random blog: http://theatrefromthebackseat.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/new-electric-ballroom.html 


“Staring back behind the blusher and the eye shadow a girl who’s yet to be kissed. Properly kissed.”


This is a coiled, dark, glitter-dusted fable of emotionally stultifying small-town life. The story unfolds in a fishing village on the west coast of Ireland, where, night after night, three sisters re-enact a night in the early ‘60s with a seductive rock singer at the New Electric Ballroom.  Enter Patsy, the fish monger…


"With The New Electric Ballroom, Walsh confirms himself as one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre, and one who has a direct conduit to our wanting hearts."
(The Guardian )


"soars to fantastic heights, veering between rapid and hilarious ironic evocations of town life, and a dark, bitter erotic lyricism... this is shatteringly fine theatre"
(The Scotsman - click here to read the full review) 


“The New Electric Ballroom is The Walworth Farce's shiver-down-the-spine companion piece, a beautiful and devastating play of broken hearts and maimed lives. It evokes Donne and Beckett as it asks: "To what purpose?" The answering call is a howl of despair brought in on the tide with the stink of fish.” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian).




Ada: Jane Phegan

Clara: Genevieve Mooy

Breda: Odile LeClezio

Patsy: Justin Smith 


Director: Kate Gaul

Set Design: Tom Bannerman 

Lighting Desginer: Verity Hampson - http://verityhampson.com/

Composer/Sound Designer: Daryl Wallis

Vocal Coach: Natasha McNamara 

Assistant Directors: Katharine Cullen + Jacobie Gray

Performance Studies Observer: Jacinta John

Stage Manager: Michael Cutrupi  

Publicity photography - Kathy Luu; Model - Erica Brennan  

Production Photography - Heidrun Lohr 



Previews 7 & 8 March

Season 10 – 31 March 


Monday-Friday 7pm

Saturday 31 March, 2012 - 2pm and 7pm

Matinee tickets are $23 each! 



Enda Walsh (B. 1967) Ireland.  


The Irish playwright talks about his play "The New Electric Ballroom", for which he picked up another Fringe First award, and how much the Edinburgh fringe means to him.


Want to know more about Irish Theatre, how Enda Walsh works and what's the inspiration of his work? Well, watch this -

In Conversation – Joe Dowling and Enda Walsh:




An Enda Walsh Festival:http://www.studiotheatre.org/festival.aspx 


Enda Walsh - Biog


Enda Walsh is a playwright and screenwriter who shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. In 2007 and 2008 Enda won Fringe First Awards at two consecutive Edinburgh Festivals for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The former led the Guardian to name him "one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre."

Since his initial success as a playwright, Enda has gone on to write for the screen. His 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and won a host of awards, including the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard International Film Festival. It was nominated for seven BIFAs (including Best Screenplay), six British Film and Television Awards (including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film) and BAFTA's Outstanding British Film Award 2009.