Spotting ENDA WALSH

Enda Walsh (use free of charge, no photo credit, Curtis Brown)

Enda Walsh (born 1967) is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright, currently living in London. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His plays include BallyturkRoom 303, presented at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014), Misterman, preseneted by Landmark productions and GIAF in Ireland, London and New York (2011-2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and London from 2010-2011, The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York, and Los Angeles from 2008-2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 2007-2010. He won Tony Award in 2012 for writing the book for the musical Once, which went on to play on Broadway, in the West End and a US tour. His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4).


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“PENELOPE” – Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, Melbourne. photo © Jodie Hutchinson

Seduce or die!

PENELOPE
Enda Walsh
Dramacomedy
1 F /  4 M (the female role has no lines)
English text

Two women – both called Lisa – meet each other in the waiting room of a psyciatric ward and soon realize, that they are the same person in versions 10 years apart! In the beginning they find joy and comfort in the reunion with their other self, but the younger Lisa is haunted by traumatizing memories of growing up with a mentally ill mother. Contrary to this, the older Lisa needs to escape her younger self in order to once and for all leave the painful memories behind her.

“…a wild, crazy, word-drunk piece that intoxicates and baffles, but is destined to lodge in the memory.” (The Guardian)


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Stephen Rea og Cillian Murphy in Enda Walsh’ ‘Ballyturk’. photo © Patrick Redmond

A manic tour-de-force comedy

BALLYTURK
Enda Walsh
Comedy
1 F / 3 M
Original music by Teho Teardo
English text

To unnamed men (‘One’ and ‘Two’) in a chaotic room. With amazing pace and gimmicks that seem to be taken out of silent movies they perform an astounding amount of stories – which they imagine might have happened in an imaginary Irish town called Ballyturk.

A third man (or woman!) joins them, destroys their partnership and invites one of them to leave the room – perhaps to venture into the land of death itself. But with the appearance of ‘Three’ Enda Walsh also creates dramatic space for reflexions on our all too breif earthly existence and its beauty.

The play is a wildly physical and verbal challenge particularly for the two actors playing the men inhabiting the room. An uncontrollable, but also very poetic and philosophical play.

Trailer for the National Theatre transfer of BALLATURK (directed by Enda Walsh):

Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival present Ballyturk by Enda Walsh:


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“ARLINGTON” (Landmark Productions & Galway International Arts Festival, 2016) photo © Teddy Wolff)

A dystopian theatrical vision

ARLINGTON
Enda Walsh
Drama
2 F / 1 M
Original music by Teho Teardo
English text

I’m four years old and our house is gone and we’re walked towards these towers being built. And up these stairs inside this tower – and put into this room. And nights pass and the door opens and they take my dad and sister”.

A young woman, Isla, in a sterile waiting room inside a skyscraper, towering over a futuristic city. Watched by surveillance cameras she waits for her ‘sentence’. The male guard operating the cameras in the room is listening to her stories from the world outside – stories which Isla tells and shows in physical movement.

A different, more open play by Enda Walsh – in which movement is as important as words. About love and oppression.
…when I’ve forgotten the ideas, I shall still recall Walsh’s boldness in weaving his closely textured poetic prose into a new form of comprehensive, category-defying theatre.” (The Guardian)

Trailer for ARLINGTON:


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“THE SAME” with Endas sisters, Eileen og Catherine Walsh (Corcadorca Theatre Company i Old Cork Prison, 2017. photo © Enrique Carnicero)

 

THE SAME
Enda Walsh
Drama
2 F
English text

Two women – both called Lisa – meet each other in the waiting room of a psyciatric ward and soon realize, that they are the same person in versions 10 years apart! In the beginning they find joy and comfort in the reunion with their other self, but the younger Lisa is haunted by traumatizing memories of growing up with a mentally ill mother. Contrary to this, the older Lisa needs to escape her younger self in order to once and for all leave the painful memories behind her.

The initial production of THE SAME (in Cork, 2017) was a site-specific performance in the city’s recently closed prison.

“What lingers in the mind after this superbly realised production is a sense of melancholy: for the things that have happened and cannot be changed, and an intimation that what is to come might not be so very different after all. It might merely be the same.” (The Guardian)


Other works by Enda Walsh that deserve mention here:

MISTERMAN (1999) – 1 M
BEDBOUND (2000) – 1F/1M
THE SMALL THINGS (2005) – 1M/1F
THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (2005) – 3F/1M
THE WALWORTH FARCE (2006) – 1F/3M
DELIRIUM (from ”Brothers Karamazov”) (2008) – 2F/5M
THE LAST HOTEL (2015) – opera
THE SECOND VIOLINIST (2017) – opera