How these desperate Men Talk by Enda Walsh
"What happens when I run out of words? What happens then?"
- Performed as part of Culture Night Belfast, September 2015
- Starring Michael Patrick and Owen McCavana
- Directed by Oisín Kearney
- Currently working on a film adaptation.
How These Desperate Men Talk shows two men locked in a seemingly endless search for the truth. Something has happened in their past and they are going over the story again and again and again until they are satisfied. But what will stop the search? The Truth? Is that Enough?
DAVE: Really? You think this might be the truth?
JOHN: Well, that doesn't matter, does it?
DAVE: Doesn't it?
JOHN: The exact truth hardly matters, Dave. Are you joking!
This short play by Enda Walsh is only around 15 minutes long. The final monologue is the same as the opening, giving the impression that the whole conversation loops back to the top again. For Belfast Culture Night we decided to do just that. Start over again. And again. And again. And again.
We performed the play over 10 times back to back for nearly three hours.
This epic piece of endurance theatre was made possible through collaberation with renowned live artist Alastair Maclennan, emphasising the cyclical nature of the script and creating a drop-in drop-out performance perfect for the atmosphere of Belfast Culture Night.
Short film Adaptation
But there is still more to be gotten from this script. We have only explored part of it's potential, and our next step is to adapt it for film. We have written an adaptation and obtained exclusive rights from Enda Walsh to bring his work to life on screen.
This is an incredible opportunity for a young Belfast company, and we want to make the most of it.
We plan to shoot the film in July this year and at the moment are looking for funding.
If fully funded, we will be providing work for 16 emerging film artists in Belfast. This will be a labour of love for everyone involved, but as jobbing creatives ourselves we know that it is not always possible to expect people to give up their time and energy for free.
If you would like to help us reach our funding goal, plese see ways to contact us here.
Previews, Reviews and Articles
- Interview with Gavin Turtle from The Thin Air about the show and Pan Narrans in general.
- Preview piece from Belfast Vibe. We also featured in their top half-hourly guide to Culture Night.
- Love Belfast Preview
On Street Feedback - we had some markers and cardboard for some on site feedback - here's a choice selection!
Powerful city a gr8 gag yeoo
I'm totes OCD and this frustrates me to no end A.K.A clean it up - send help!
Should be on the real stage!
You need a wee battle of Bucky like.
Nice seeing you guys again, better view here than the Premier Inn
Weird as fuck
It was brilliant!!
Such a pity that not everyone stopped to watch
Your a good duck - Joe
Mess is good
Desperately want to left all this litter!
The faces of passersby who first think it is litter
Want to lift this soooo bad! Great job!!
Pan Narrans theatre bring a bit of highbrow entertainment to Waring Street with a performance of an Enda Walsh play. pic.twitter.com/hcGRdewziW— Rachel Martin (@raquellemartin) September 18, 2015