Enda Walsh

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Enda Walsh
Born 1967 (age 47–48)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter
Nationality Irish

Enda Walsh (born 1967) is an Irish playwright.


Born in Dublin, Walsh lives in London. He attended the secondary school in which Roddy Doyle and Paul Mercier taught. After writing for the Dublin Youth Theatre, he moved to Cork where he wrote Fishy Tales for the Graffiti Theatre Company, followed by Ginger Ale Boy for Corcadorca Theatre Company. His main breakthrough came in 1996 with the production of his play Disco Pigs in collaboration with director Pat Kiernan of Corcadorca. Since he moved to London in 2005 he has been particularly prolific, bringing his productions to nineteen stage plays, two radio plays, three screenplays and one musical for which he won a Tony Award.

Winner of the 1997 Stewart Parker and the George Devine Awards, he won the 2006 Abbey Theatre Writer in Association Award and the 2010 Obie Award for playwriting. Productions of his plays at the Edinburgh Festival have won four Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, two Critic's Awards and a Herald Archangel Award (2008). His plays, notably Disco Pigs,[1] Bedbound, Small Things, Chatroom, New Electric Ballroom,[2] The Walworth Farce, Penelope and Misterman, have been translated into more than 20 languages and have had productions throughout Europe and in Australia, New Zealand and the US. He has written two radio plays, with Four Big Days in the Life of Dessie Banks for RTÉ winning the PPI Award for Best Radio Drama (2001) and The Monotonous Life of Little Miss P for the BBC commended at the Berlin Prix Europa (2003).

His commissioned work includes plays for Paines Plough in London, the Druid Theatre in Galway, the Kammerspiele in Munich and the Royal National Theatre's Connections Project in London. He participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books, for which he wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.

He has written the musical Once, an adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Once, which appeared off-Broadway in December 2011 and January 2012 and transferred to Broadway from March 2012 and to London's West End from March 2013: it has won numerous awards, including 8 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award (see below)[3][4] and 2 Laurence Olivier Awards.

The Last Hotel by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy, Edinburgh International Festival 2015
Foto by Francisco Peralta Torrejón

His most recent original play Ballyturk[5] premiered at the 2014 Galway Arts Festival starring Cilian Murphy, Stephen Rea and Mikel Murfi, with productions in Dublin, Cork and London in the same year. More recently 3 members of the Gleeson Family (Brendan, Domhnall and Brian) played the lead roles of the The Walworth Farce at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, in their first theatrical production together. He has also adapted Roald Dahl's book The Twits for the theatre with its first production in April–May 2015.[6] An opera entitled The Last Hotel,[7] with music by Donnacha Dennehy, premiered in the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015 and will be seen on an international tour in 2015-2017. Future productions include a musical play entitled Lazarus,[8] written with David Bowie, which will be premiered at the New York Theater Workshop (Off-Broadway) towards the end of 2015.

Walsh won the 1999 Cork Film Centre/RTÉ Short Script Award for his short film Not a Bad Christmas. He wrote the screenplay of the film Disco Pigs, which starred Cilian Murphy, and co-wrote the screenplay of Hunger which was directed by Steve McQueen and starred Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker who starved himself to death in protest over British rule. Hunger won numerous awards (see below) including the Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Film Award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards 2009 and a nomination for Best British Film at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards. He wrote an adaptation of his play Chatroom for a film directed by Hideo Nakata which was selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently under commission for three films, an adaptation of the children's story Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson (for Cuba Pictures), a film entitled Jules in the City based on the life and music of Rufus Wainwright and an adaptation of Gitta Sereny's book Into That Darkness, about the life of Franz Stangl, the commandant of the Sobibor and Treblinka extermination camps.





  1. ^ Enda Walsh, Disco Pigs, Nick Hern Books, London, 1997. ISBN 978-1-85459-398-6
  2. ^ Enda Walsh, The New Electric Ballroom, Nick Hern Books, London, 2008. ISBN 978-1-85459-532-4
  3. ^ "Tony awards 2012: Drinks all round for the creators of Once". The Guardian. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Once sweeps the boards with not one, but eight Tony awards on Broadway". Irish Independent. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ http://ballyturk.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/the-twits.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://thelasthotel.ie/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/musical-play-all-thats-sure-is-david-bowie-is-involved/?_r=0.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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