Dougie Blaxland is a playwright whose work has been staged across the UK at venues including The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, The Ustinov Bath, The Kings Head London, The Pleasance London, The Underbelly Edinburgh, RADA, Komedia, and The Minack Theatre Cornwall.
He is the recipient of three Peggy Ramsay Grants in 2010, 2013, & 2017 to support his development as a writer and he has won other awards including the Pomegranate Theatre Best New Play 2004, The Oxford Drama Network 2006 Best New Play, and The Watershed Theatre Newbury’s Raising New Voices award 2010. In 2009 Chauntecleer and Pertelotte was nominated for Best New Show at the Brighton Festival.
Recent writing credits include adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights for Butterfly Psyche which toured the South West in 2014/15 British Theatre Guide Review - here - and Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot which was commissioned by Live Wire Theatre Company and toured nationally with the support of the Arts Council England during the Rugby World Cup 2015 to critical acclaim. British Theatre Guide Review - here
Dougie's That Moment, was recently performed at C Venues - C Cubed (Venue 50) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 by Blueleaf Theatre Company.
His professional writing credits include: A Degree of Compulsion - (dir Hannah Price) Live Wire Theatre -The King’s Head Theatre 2006; A Public Kind of Privacy - (dir Ariella Eshed) First Draft Theatre - The White Bear/The King’s Head Theatre/The Rondo Bath 2007; If I Were A Carpenter - (dir Andrew Harries) First Draft Theatre - Pentameters Hampstead 2007; Chauntecleer and Pertelotte - (dir James Bounds) Live Wire Theatre - Old Red Lion/The Marlborough Brighton/The Underbelly Edinburgh/Komedia Bath 2008/9; That Moment - (dir Hannah Price - Reclaim Productions - The King’s Head Theatre/The Rondo Bath/The Underbelly Edinburgh 2009/10; Never Any Fruit - (dir Kate McGregor) - Blossom Tree Productions - The Watershed Newbury The Pleasance London 2010; Machamlear - (dir Heidi Vaughan) - Theatre Royal Bath Production - The Egg Theatre 2011; Biggles Flies A Fokker Home - (dir Amy Tobias) - Live Wire Theatre - The Cotswold Playhouse/The Rondo Bath 2012; Bursary Boy - (dir Ian McGlynn) - Provocation Theatre - Bike Shed Exeter/ Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple 2012; Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights - adaptations for The Bronte Season - (dir Jazz Hazelwood and Ian McGlynn) - Butterfly Psyche - SW Tour - 2013/2014; The King of The Choughs - (dir Dean Nolan) - Trebiggan Productions - The Minack Theatre Cornwall 2014; Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot* - (dir Shane Morgan) - Live Wire Theatre - 2015.
Dougie’s play When The Eye Has Gone based on the life of the legendary England cricketer Colin Milburn enjoyed a critically acclaimed tour of the UK in 2016/17.
He is currently working on another play with a cricketing theme based on the life of English cricketer Chris Lewis who was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2008 for smuggling cocaine into the UK.
Two of his plays- Never Any Fruit and Moving In and Taking Over- are to be published by Stagescripts in spring of 2018.