Enda Walsh is an Irish playwright. Born in Dublin he is living in London. Walsh attended the same 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 with the production of his play Disco Pigs in collaboration with director Pat Kiernan of Corcadorca. Since he moved to London he has been particularly prolific from 2005, bringing his productions to seventeen 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. 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 U.S. 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 and The Monotonous Life of Little Miss P for the BBC commended at the Berlin Prix Europa. 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, for which he wrote a piece based upon a chapter 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 will also run in London's West End from March 2013: it has won numerous awards, including 8 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award.