Enda Walsh

Writer for theatre and film
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Biography

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 is currently 'mischievously' adapting The Twits by Roald Dahl for the Royal Court and working on a new musical, Lazarus, with David Bowie, due to open off-Broadway in late 2015.

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Theatre

Writer

Director Ivo Van Hove
 

Musical based on the film The Man Who Fell to Earth with music from David Bowie

New York Theatre Workshop
 
Creator Roald Dahl
Director John Tiffany
Starring
  • Aimée-Ffion Edwards
  • Jason Watkins
  • Monica Dolan
  • Sam Cox
  • Cait Davis
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    A mischievous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale, premiering in April 2015 

    Royal Court Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Niall Buggy
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    Gallery installation about a man travelling to share the good word

    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
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    Play examining the moment of realisation that everyone will die

    Galway Arts Festival
     
    Director John Tiffany
    Starring
  • Valda Aviks
  • Declan Bennett
  • Zrinka Cvitešić
  • Aidan Kelly
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    London production of the award winning musical
    Phoenix Theatre
     
    Producer New York Theatre Workshop
    Director John Tiffany
    Starring
  • Steve Kazee
  • David Patrick Kelly
  • Christin Milioti
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    Stage adaptation of John Carney's film

    New York Theatre Workshop
     
    Director Vicky Featherstone
    Starring
  • Niall Buggy
  • Olga Wehrly
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    '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
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    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
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    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
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    A play about the drama of teenage lives
    National Theatre, Cottesloe
     
    Producer Cork Midsummer Festival
    Director Donal Gallagher
    Starring
  • Domhnall O’Donoghue
  • Ailish Symons
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    The play traces a desperate day in the life of a Cork city checkout girl
    Granary Theatre
     
    The New Electric Ballroom
    Theatre Heute's Best Foreign Play, 2005
     
    A dark fable of the emotionally stultifying effects of small-town life
    Kammerspiele Theatre, Munich
     
    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 Corcadorca Theatre Company
    Director Pat Kiernan
    Starring
  • Enda Walsh
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    One man play following Thomas Magill, self-appointed guardian of Inishfree
    Granary Theatre
     
    Producer Abbey Theatre
    Director Sarah Thornton
    Starring
  • Lynda Gough
  • Paul Griffin
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    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
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    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
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    Play about a young man who discovers he has talent and ambition as a ventriloquist
    Granary Theatre
     

    Film

    Writer

    Director Paul King
     

    Based on Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson

    Cuba Pictures
    In development
     
     
    Element Pictures
    In development
     
    Producer Hal Vogel
     

    Based on the life and music of Rufus Wainwright

    Film 4
    Daybreak Pictures
    In development
     
    Director Hideo Nakata
    Starring
  • Matthew Beard
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Hannah Murray
  • Imogen Poots
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    Feature film adaptation of Enda's play
    Pathe
    Ruby Films
     
    Director Steve McQueen
    Starring
  • Liam Cunningham
  • Michael Fassbender
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    Feature film about an IRA hunger striker
    Blast! Films/Channel 4
     
    Producer Lawrence Bowen
     
    UKFC
    Feelgood Fiction
    In development
     
    Producer Ed Guiney
    Starring
  • Elaine Cassidy
  • Cillian Murphy
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    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
    2001
    Producer Aidan Stanley
    Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
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    Radio play for RTE radio

    Broadcaster RTE