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Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh

Irish playwright
Enda Walsh
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Intro Irish playwright
Is Writer Actor Screenwriter Playwright
From Ireland
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth Dublin
Enda Walsh
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Biography

Enda Walsh (born 1967) is an Irish playwright.

Biography

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, Bedbound, Small Things, Chatroom, New Electric Ballroom, 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 Munich Kammerspiele 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) and 2 Laurence Olivier Awards.

The Last Hotel by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy, Edinburgh International Festival 2015

His original play Ballyturk premiered at the 2014 Galway International Arts Festival starring Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea and Mikel Murfi, with productions in Dublin, Cork and London in the same year. Three 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. An opera entitled The Last Hotel, with music by Donnacha Dennehy, premiered in the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015, played in the Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2015 and started an international tour beginning in Royal Opera House, London, in October 2015. He wrote a musical play with David Bowie entitled Lazarus, which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop (Off-Broadway) from mid-November 2015 to mid-January 2016: it received five nominations for Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Book. The UK production opened at the Kings Cross Theatre in London on 25 October 2016, ending 22 January 2017.

The Galway International Arts Festival played host to a new departure for Walsh, involving art installation rooms with audio monologues, called Room 303 featuring the voice of Niall Buggy in 2014 and another called A Girl's Bedroom featuring the voice of Charlie Murphy in 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 Cillian 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.

Works

Theatre

  • Fishy Tales (1993) – Graffiti Theatre Company, Popes Quay, Cork.
  • The Ginger Ale Boy (1995) – Corcadorca Theatre Company, Granary Theatre, Cork.
  • Disco Pigs (1996) – Corcadorca Theatre Company, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. Dublin Fringe Festival (Best Fringe Production Award 1996). Arts Council Playwrights Award 1996. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Critic's Award 1997). West End, London. & etc.
  • Sucking Dublin (1997) – Abbey Theatre Company, Samuel Becket Theatre, Dublin.
  • Misterman (1999) – Corcadorca Theatre Company, Granary Theatre, Cork. Origin Theatre, New York, Washington and Dublin. Galway International Arts Festival, Black Box Theatre, Galway (2011): with music by Donnacha Dennehy. St. Ann's Warehouse, New York (2011). National Theatre, London. Four nominations for Irish Times Theatre Awards and winner of Best Actor Award for Cillian Murphy and Best Set Design for Jamie Vartan. Winner of 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance by Cillian Murphy, and nominated for one additional award.
  • Bedbound (2000) – Dublin Theatre Festival, New Theatre, Dublin. Winner of Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Actor Award for Peter Gowen. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First winner and Critic's Award 2001). New York. Royal Court, London. & etc.
  • Pondlife Angels (2005) – Cork Midsummer Festival, Granary Theatre, Cork.
  • Chatroom (2005) – Behind The Scenes Theatre Company, Buckhaven Theatre, Fife. National Theatre, London. & etc.
  • The New Electric Ballroom (2005) – Munich Kammerspiele (Theater Heute's Best Foreign Play 2005). Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First winner and Herald Archangel Award 2008). Irish Times Theatre Awards Best New Play Award 2008. Obie Award 2010. World Tour including New York, Los Angeles, Perth and London
  • The Small Things (2005) – Paines Plough Company, Menier Chocolate Factory, London. Druid Theatre Company, Galway Arts Festival.
  • The Walworth Farce (2006) – Druid Theatre Company, Town Hall Theatre, Galway. Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First winner 2007). World Tour 2009–2010, including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Wellington, London, Salford, Oxford. A production in the Olympia Theatre starred Brendan, Domhnall and Brian Gleeson in the lead roles.
  • How These Men Talk (2008) – Zurich Shauspielehaus, Switzerland. Druid Theatre Company, Galway.
  • Lyndie's Gotta Gun (2008) – Artistas Unidos, Lisbon. Druid Theatre Company, Galway.
  • Gentrification (2008) – Druid Theatre Company, Galway.
  • Delirium (2008) – An adaptation of Dostoevsky's 'The Brothers Karamazov' for Theatre O Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Barbican Theatre, London.
  • The Man in the Moon (2009) – co-written with Jack Healy, The Albany, Deptford, London.
  • My Friend Duplicity (2010) – short play – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival.
  • Penelope (2010) – OberhausenTheater: Ruhr.2010, Druid Theatre Company, Galway; winner of Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Supporting Actor Award for Mikel Murfi. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First winner 2010); world tour included Helsinki, New York and London, Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago (2011)
  • Sixty Six (2011) – one of 66 writers who contributed a contemporary response to each book of the King James Bible, Bush Theatre.
  • Once (2011) – Musical adaptation of the film Once, New York Theatre Workshop (Off-Broadway: December 2011 – January 2012) and Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway: from March 2012). Winner of 3 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Musical, with 4 additional nominations. Winner of Best Musical Award from New York Drama Critics' Circle. Winner of 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards, for Outstanding Broadway Musical and Outstanding Book and Director of Musical, with 4 additional nominations. Winner of Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical, with 2 additional nominations. Winner of 4 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, with 2 additional nominations. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, with 3 additional nominations. Grammy Award 2013 winner for Best Musical Theater Album. Winner of 2 Laurence Olivier Awards, with 6 nominations including Best New Musical.
  • Ballyturk (2014) – with Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, featuring music by Teho Teardo. Premiered at 2014 Galway International Arts Festival at the Black Box Theatre, before moving to the Olympia Theatre, the Cork Opera House and the National Theatre London. Winner of 2 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Production and Sound Design.
  • Room 303 (2014) – Art installation Room 303 featuring the voice of Niall Buggy, premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival.
  • The Twits (2015) – An adaptation of Road Dahl's book The Twits, premiered in April–May 2015 at the Royal Court Theatre, London.
  • A Girl's Bedroom (2015) – Art installation A Girl's Bedroom featuring the voice of Charlie Murphy, premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival.
  • The Last Hotel, (2015) – An opera with music by Donnacha Dennehy, featuring Robin Adams, Claudia Boyle, Katherine Manley and Mikel Murfi, and the Crash Ensemble premiered in August 2015 at the Edinburgh International Festival, followed by the Dublin Theatre Festival (September 2015), Royal Opera House, London (October 2015), and St. Ann's Warehouse, New York (January, 2016). Winner of 1 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Opera.

Film

  • Not a Bad Christmas (1999) – short film which won the 1999 Cork Film Centre/RTÉ Short Script Award
  • Disco Pigs (2001)
  • Hunger (2008) – Caméra d'Or (Best First Film), Cannes Film Festival 2008 and Best Film Sydney Film Festival and Jerusalem Film Festival 2008, Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, Heartbeat Award at the Dinard British Film Festival, Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, European Film Academy Discovery Award, Best Irish Film Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle, Best Film Award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards 2009, Best Feature Film Screenplay Award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, numerous Irish Film and Television IFTA Awards including Best Irish Film, nominated for Best British Film at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards
  • Chatroom (2010) – film directed by Hideo Nakata and selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival
  • Island of the Aunts – an adaptation of the children's story by Eva Ibbotson under commission for Cuba Pictures
  • Jules in the City – story based on the life and music of Rufus Wainwright for Daybreak Pictures/Film Four
  • Into that Darkness – the story of Franz Stangl SS commandant of the Sobibor and Treblinka extermination camps under commission for Element/Film Four

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