Masterclass with Enda Walsh

Saturday, 4th March 2023 | 2:30pm to 4:00pm approx.

Masterclass with Enda Walsh

The Gate Theatre is pleased to announce a very special Masterclass this Saturday, March 4th, with acclaimed playwright Enda Walsh. The Masterclass will take place in the Gate Theatre’s rehearsal room at 2.30pm. The session is expected to last approx. 90 mins and will be facilitated by Eoghan Carrick.

Applicants must be available to attend the session in-person at the Gate Theatre on Saturday, March 4th. The session will not be available remotely or digitally.



The Masterclass is open to playwrights resident on the island of Ireland with a minimum of one play, produced for at least five performances to a paying audience, outside of an educational setting.

Please note that places will be strictly limited and that spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and in conjunction with the criteria.


How to apply

(APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED) Please submit your latest CV to production@gate-theatre.ie between the hours of 5pm on Tuesday, February 28th and 11am on Wednesday, March 1st; please include ENDA WALSH MASTERCLASS in the subject line.

Applications received outside these hours will not be considered. In your email, please let us know if you have any special access requirements.

Successful applicants will be contacted no later than 5pm on Thursday, March 2nd. Please note that the Gate Theatre’s decision on participants is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


About Enda Walsh

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 PigsIn 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 opera, The Second Violinist, premiered at the festival in July 2017. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galway University. 2021 saw two new works for the stage – Medicine, starring Domhnall Gleeson, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival before transferring to the Galway International Arts festival. The First Child, Enda’s latest opera, debuted in October with Landmark Productions/Irish National Opera.

Most recently Enda wrote the book for a musical adaptation of the 2016 film Sing Street by John Carney which was due to open on Broadway in spring 2020. In TV Enda is currently working on Troubles with Blueprint Pictures, Let Me Not Be Mad with Tiger Aspect and The House with Nexus Studios.