Walsh isn’t interested in writing about you or me. This is a man who, when hearing of the Josef Fritzl case in Austria, didn’t so much recoil in horror as proclaim a vindication of his dramatic priorities. “This is my territory,” says Walsh. “What motivates me in theatre has always been to get close to characters who’re on the edge of madness, or have entered it. It invigorates me to think that we’re all the same . . . The job of a playwright is to bring an audience close to characters they don’t want to feel close to.
Monday, August 04, 2008
In The Times, Brian Logan talks to Enda Walsh about his new play The New Electric Ballroom.