Enda
Walsh

Writer for theatre and film

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." In 2011 Once, Enda's adaptation of the film by John Carney, opened off-broadway. Critically acclaimed, it moved to Broadway in 2012, where it picked up eight Tony Awards, including Best Book for Enda. The West End run of Once opened in April 2013.

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.

Enda's opera The Last Hotel had its world premiere at the Lyceum Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and transferred to Dublin, London and New York. He recently worked on the new musical, Lazarus, with David Bowie, which opened at New York Theatre Workshop in December 2015 and transferred to Kings Cross Theatre in London in November 2016. His most recent play, The Same, was commissioned by Corcadorca to mark the company's 25th anniversary and was performed in the old Cork prison in February 2017.

Enda has had a strong relationship with Galway City and the Galway International Arts Festival from the very beginning of his writing career. Recently the festival, along with Anne Clarke’s Landmark Productions, have produced his plays, Misterman and Ballyturk. His play, Arlington, had its world premiere at the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2016 and his latest opera, The Second Violinist, premiered at the festival in July 2017. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galway University.

CV

Theatre

Writer & Director 

Producer Complicite
Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Based on the novel by Max Porter

    Barbican & St Ann's
    Producer Paul Fahy
    Starring
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Eileen Walsh
  • Room 303, A Girl's Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, Office 33a

    Galway International Arts Festival & Barbican
    The Second Violinist
    Best Opera, Irish Times Theatre Awards
    Producer Landmark Productions & Irish National Opera
    Starring
  • Aaron Monaghan
  • Composed by Donnacha Dennehy



    Galway International Arts Festival
    The Last Hotel
    Best Opera, Irish Times Theatre Award
    Producer Landmark Productions & Wide Open Opera
    Director Enda Walsh
    Starring
  • Robin Adams
  • Claudia Boyle
  • Katherine Manley
  • Mikel Murfi
  • Libretto for dark opera about a woman planning her suicide in a hotel in Ireland with music composed by Donnacha Dennehy

    Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
    Producer Landmark Productions & Galway International Arts Festival
    Director Enda Walsh
    Starring
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Hugh O’Conor
  • Oona Doherty
  • Love story set in a dark world

    Galway International Arts Festival
    Ballyturk
    Winner: Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards
    Producer Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival
    Director Enda Walsh
    Starring
  • Mikel Murfi
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Stephen Rea
  • Play examining the moment of realisation that everyone will die

    Galway Arts Festival
    Producer Druid Theatre
    Starring
  • Catherine Walsh
  • Mikel Murfi
  • A dark fable of the emotionally stultifying effects of small-town life
    Galway International Arts Festival & Traverse Theatre

    Writer 

    Director Ivo Van Hove
    Starring
  • Michael C Hall
  • Michael Esper
  • Krystina Alabado
  • Sophia Anne Caruso
  • Nicholas Christopher
  • Musical based on the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth with music from David Bowie

    New York Theatre Workshop & King's Cross Theatre
    Director John Tiffany
    Starring
  • Steve Kazee
  • David Patrick Kelly
  • Christin Milioti
  • Stage adaptation of John Carney's film

    New York Theatre Workshop & Phoenix Theatre
    Director Vicky Featherstone
    Starring
  • Niall Buggy
  • Olga Wehrly
  • 'Impossible Things Before Breakfast' staged readings at the Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival
    Traverse Theatre
    Director Mikel Murfi
    Starring
  • Niall Buggy
  • Denis Conway
  • Tadhg Murphy
  • Karl Shiels
  • Modern take on the classic Greek myth of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus
    Druid Theatre
    Director Joseph Alford

    Re-interpretation of The Brothers Karamazov

    Peacock Theatre, Dublin
    Director Orla O'Loghlin
    Starring
  • Joseph Alford
  • Elliot Levy
  • Translation of Brecht's play
    The Young Vic
    The Walworth Farce
    Fringe First Award
    Producer Druid Theatre
    Director Mikel Murfi
    In a council flat on the Walworth Road a father forces his two sons to continually retell the story of their arrival in London
    Druid Theatre, Galway
    Producer National Theatre
    Director Anna Mackmin
    Starring
  • Sophie Benjamin
  • Calum Callaghan
  • Richard Dempsey
  • Andrew Garfield
  • A play about the drama of teenage lives
    National Theatre, Cottesloe
    Producer Cork Midsummer Festival
    Director Donal Gallagher
    Starring
  • Domhnall O’Donoghue
  • Ailish Symons
  • The play traces a desperate day in the life of a Cork city checkout girl
    Granary Theatre
    Creator Roald Dahl
    Director John Tiffany
    Starring
  • Jason Watkins
  • Monica Dolan
  • Sam Cox
  • Cait Davis
  • A mischievous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale

    Royal Court Theatre
    Producer Corcadorca Theatre Company
    Director Pat Kiernan
    Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
  • One man play following Thomas Magill, self-appointed guardian of Inishfree
    Granary Theatre
    Producer Paines Plough Theatre Company
    Director Vicky Featherstone
    Starring
  • Bernard Gallagher
  • Val Lilley
  • Original play for Paines Plough
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Bedbound
    Fringe First Award
    Starring
  • Liam Carney
  • Norma Sheahan
  • Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
    Producer Abbey Theatre
    Director Sarah Thornton
    Starring
  • Lynda Gough
  • Paul Griffin
  • A fierce and uncompromising account of five young people tormented by a rape in a claustrophobic, drug-infested Dublin.
    Samuel Beckett Theatre
    Producer Corcadorca Theatre Company
    Director Pat Kiernan
    Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Eileen Walsh
  • Play following two teenagers, Pig and Runt, who have an unusually close relationship
    Trishel Arts Centre
    Producer Corcadorca Theatre Company
    Director Pat Kiernan
    Starring
  • Anita Cahill
  • Sorcha Carroll
  • Play about a young man who discovers he has talent and ambition as a ventriloquist
    Granary Theatre
    Producer Corcardorca
    Director Pat Kiernan
    Starring
  • Eileen Walsh
  • Catherine Walsh
  • Old Cork Prison
    Producer Corcadorca
    Greapel Metal Perforation Factory

    Film

    Writer 

    Director Hideo Nakata
    Starring
  • Matthew Beard
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Hannah Murray
  • Imogen Poots
  • Feature film adaptation of Enda's play
    Pathe
    Ruby Films
    Hunger
    Nominated: BAFTA, Best Screenplay
    Feature
    Director Steve McQueen
    Starring
  • Liam Cunningham
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Feature film about an IRA hunger striker
    Channel 4
    Blast! Films
    Disco Pigs
    Feature
    Producer Ed Guiney
    Starring
  • Elaine Cassidy
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Feature film adaptation of Enda's own play
    Vanguard Cinema
    Temple Films & Renaissance

    Radio

    Writer 

    Four Big Days in the Life of Dessie Banks
    PPI Award for Best Radio Drama
    Producer Aidan Stanley
    Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Radio play for RTE radio

    Broadcaster RTE