Enda Walsh's How These Desparate Men Talk is a short play, first performed (with the title Fraternity) at the Schauspielhaus Zürich on 18 December 2004.
The play is set on an almost bare stage, with two middle-aged men, John and Dave, facing each other across a small table. The men are 'from suburbia', and they compulsively dissect the details of a childhood memory in search of the truth, while John holds a pistol to Dave's face.
The Schauspielhaus production was directed by Erich Sidler and designed by Karoline Weber. It was performed by Matthias Schuppli and Daniel Lommatzsch.
The play was premiered in Ireland (as How These Desparate Men Talk) by Corcadorca Theatre Company at the Greapel Metal Perforation Factory, Kinsale, Co. Cork, on 19 September 2014 in a production directed by Pat Kiernan. It was performed by David Pearse and Tadhg Murphy.