Shorts for stage and screen

Dave Duggan

About the book…

Dave Duggan is one of the most distinctive dramatic voices of his generation. In this collection of Duggan's work for both stage and screen, we witness a passionate belief in the importance of drama - as recorder and cathartic force in ordinary peoples lives. The stage plays consist of a trilogy set in post-ceasefire Northern Ireland-The Shopper and The Boy, Without the Walls and Waiting .... 

Taken together, the plays represent a valuable intervention in our public discourse, mapping with honesty lines of division and polarisation. The collection includes five screenplays, including the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance. By turns human and disturbing, these small cameos amply demonstrate Duggan's gifts for the telling moment which amplifies and illuminates.

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About the author…

DAVE DUGGAN: Biographical Note: Jan. 2013 

The novelist and dramatist, Dave Duggan, has a proven track record in making contemporary literary and dramatic work that speak to the realities and the possibilities of the city of Derry Londonderry, appealing to local, national and international audiences.

His film work includes writing the Oscar nominated Dance Lexie Dance (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996). This short film succinctly encapsulates the cultural challenges of making new stories in changing times. It achieved huge international success.

His most recent major stage-play, Still, The Blackbird Sings (Playhouse Derry, 2010) completed a national tour, including a week’s run at The Project, Dublin. It was the first play to be performed on the site of the decommissioned Ebrington Barracks. It tells the story of Francis Ledwidge, the poet-soldier and dramatises the human experience of military and political change.

His novels are The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004) and A Sudden Sun (Guildhall Press, 2012), which was launched in Derry (Central Library), Dublin (Irish Writers' Centre) and Liverpool (Writing on the Wall Festival). This latest novel sees a woman from the city re-invent her life in the context of an anti-incinerator campaign and in the face of an organ-retention scandal, stories which are current in the news-cycle.  Dave read from this novel at The Dublin Book Festival in November 1012.

His political comedy, Comhairleoirí, went on-line for BBC in 2011. He also wrote the pilot episode for Na Deich nAitheanta (Ulysses Films, 2010), broadcast on BBC 2 NI in December 2012.  

Stage-plays include Spike Dreams (Playhouse Derry, 2003); Bubbles in the Hot-Tub (Blue Eagle Productions, 2007); Doctor Watt’s Squeezebox (Lilliput Theatre Company, 2008); Cú Dé, (The Abbey Theatre, rehearsed reading, 2009) and Gruagairí (Aisling Ghéar, 2007) for which he was awarded a Stewart Parker Trust/BBC Award. 

He wrote seven plays for Sole Purpose Productions, one of which, AH 6905 (2005), was produced in Afghanistan in 2008.

His radio dramas include Everyone’s Got A Mountain To Climb, for RTÉ (World Play, 2009), also broadcast by BBC World Service. He adapted his stage-play Riders to the Road (after Synge’s Riders to the Sea) for RTÉ radio drama (2011). It was re-broadcast in September 2012.

He was writer/director on Gerald Donaghey ­ Unfinished Business, for The Pat Finucane Centre and The Bloody Sunday Trust (2012). He wrote and performed Situating Brishmachree (Thran Productions, 2012), a site specific theatre piece on the Derry Londonderry-Donegal border.

Dave's most recent work is a short radio drama, A Fare Play for Voices, with Amanda Burton, Bronagh Gallagher and Alan Wright, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as part of a special edition of Broadcasting House, live from Derry on 30/12/2012.

He received a Major Arts Award by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010.

He lives in Derry Londonderry.

Dave blogs at