Galway International Arts Festival will follow up the success of 2017's first international First Thought Talk (featuring transatlantic rower Gavan Hennigan) with a new Facebook live streamed discussion featuring Irish playwright Enda Walsh.
The First Thought Talk will take place at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, where Walsh's highly acclaimed show Ballyturk, produced by GIAF and Landmark Productions, is currently making its American premiere. Walsh's new play Grief is the Thing with Feathers, starring Cillian Murphy, is set to premiere in Galway in March 2018 to sold-out audiences.
Walsh will be joined in conversation with Susan Feldman, Artistic Director of St. Ann's Warehouse, this Friday 12 January at 4:30pm GMT. The live stream can be viewed around the world on the GIAF Facebook page.
Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright and director. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998.
His recent work includes the opera The Second Violinist for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera (Galway International Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, 2017) written with Donnacha Dennehy; The Same, produced by Corcadorca at the Old Cork Prison; Arlington, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival (Dublin, New York 2017, Galway 2016); Lazarus with David Bowie, at the King’s Cross Theatre in London and New York Theatre Workshop; 4 installations - Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom all shown at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014-2017); the opera The Last Hotel for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera (Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Royal Opera House, London, St Ann’s Warehouse, New York, Les Théâtres de la Ville, Luxembourg, 2015-2017) written with Donnacha Dennehy, Ballyturk, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival (Galway, Dublin, Cork and London, 2014); Room 303, shown at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014); Misterman, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival 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 LA 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 a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical Once in 2012, which played for three years on Broadway and two years in the West End as well as the Olympia Theatre in 2015, 2016 & 2017.
His other plays include Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican), which played Dublin and a British tour in 2008; Chatroom (National Theatre), which played at the NT and on tour in Britain and Asia (2006-2007); and The Small Things (Paines Plough), which played London and Galway Arts Festival (2005). His early plays include Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival) and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca).
His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4).
In 2014 he received an honorary doctorate from NUI Galway.