Michael Duke


Michael can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio

Michael Duke

Michael Duke is originally from Co. Down, Northern Ireland and currently based in Glasgow.

He has worked in theatre for over thirty years, as a playwright and director, in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Denmark and the USA.

His writing includes sole authored, full length plays and many collaborative works, often created through devising processes with international ensembles of theatre and dance artists.

Personal highlights include:

In 1991, devising and scripting Borderland, the opening production by Birds of Paradise.

A collaboration with Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre (Philadelphia) and Benchtours (Scotland) across a series of highly innovative productions including Cocktail in the Sky, Perfect and Babel between 1995 and 2004

Working as writer on Love After Death with Julia Ritter Performance Group in Phildaelphia, New York and Prague from 2000 - 2003

Collaborating with on John Cobb on Elmer McCurdy Rides Again at Northern Stage, Newcastle in 2001

Kinderbett, a Danish / English collaboration with Nina Kareis, Pete Livingstone and Gitta Malling at Limfjordsteatret and Kaleidoskop, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2002.

Writing Revenge for Tinderbox's Irish tour in 2003.Revengewas described as the first major post conflict play in Northern Ireland, and in 2018 was listed in the 25 Best Irish Plays since Dancing at Lughnasa

In 2003 being invited to take up the post of Artistic Director at Tinderbox Theatre Company to nurture and develop emerging and established playwrights in Northern Ireland, and the twelve years that followed, working with a host of great playwrights there including David Ireland, Jimmy McAleavey and Abbie Spallen.

Collaborating with writer Paul Kennedy and a hugely inventive design team to create and stage his post apocalyptic epic Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life  in a massive warehouse space in Belfast

Being nominated for the Kenneth Tynan Award, for excellence in the field of Dramaturgy, in 2012

Collaborating in 2018 with the students of the unique course for deaf and hard of hearing actors at the RCS in Glasgow to create Last Woman Left.  

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