Duggan, Dave

Dave Duggan
Dave Duggan. Image source, author

Dave Duggan was born in London and raised in Waterford.

His novels are The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004); and A Sudden Sun, (Guildhall Press, 2012).

His film work includes the Oscar nominated Dance Lexie Dance (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996). His political comedy, Comhairleoirí went on-line for BBC in 2011. He also wrote the pilot episode for Na Deich nAitheanta (Ulysses Films, 2010).  

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); and Gruagairí (Aisling Ghéar, 2007) for which he was awarded a Stewart Parker Trust/BBC Award. 

He wrote seven plays for Sole Purpose Productions between 1996 and 2007, published as Plays in a Peace Process (Guildhall Press, 2008). Included in this collection is AH 6905 (2005), produced in Afghanistan in 2008.

Still, The Blackbird Sings (Playhouse Derry, 2010) completed a national tour, including a week’s run at The Project, Dublin.

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), and was writer/director on Gerald Donaghey-Unfinished Business, for The Pat Finucane Centre and The Bloody Sunday Trust (2012).

Awarded a Major Arts Award by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010, he lives in Derry.

Dave Duggan’s Breathing With a Limp blog

The Guildhall Press

Interview with verbalon.com

Interview with Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013

Interview with Culture Northern Ireland

A Culture Northern Ireland interview with Dave Duggan

BBC report of a production of his play AH 6905 in Afghanistan

Dave Duggan at The National Library of Ireland