Welcome to the website for writer/composer Dougal Irvine




THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND (book/music/lyrics by Dougal, adapted from the short story by H.G. Wells) will have its world premier at the Ivy Arts Centre on November 15-17th. Directed by Stephen Barlow, the show was commissioned by GSA. Tickets HERE.

MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL (adapted by Dougal from the book by Riaz Khan) gets rave reviews and standing ovations every show. Review links from THE GUARDIAN  THE TIMES and  THE REVIEWS HUB



MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL (adapted by Dougal from the book by Riaz Khan) opens on 26th September at CURVE THEATRE. The show is pick of the Autumn Theatre productions in the Guardian. For more details, including tickets, casting and phone gallery click HERE.

ANGRY BIRDS (Book/music/lyrics by Dougal) will play at the Arts Centre, Edge Hill University on 13-14th December. Tickets HERE.


JUNE 2018

MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL (adapted by Dougal from the book by Riaz Khan) is now on sale. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the show will run at Curve theatre from 26th September – 6th October. Tickets HERE

TEDDY (by Tristan Bernays, Music by Dougal) is now available for licensing from Samuel French. Details here.

ANGRY BIRDS (book/music/lyrics by Dougal) new uploads on Dougal’s SOUNDCLOUD page. Close to announcing productions for 2018.


APRIL 2018

MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL – Curve Theatre will produce this play of Dougal’s in the Autumn. Artist Director Nikolai Foster will direct Dougal’s adaptation of the book by Riaz Khan. More details HERE.

DEPARTURE LOUNGE – (Book, lyrics & Music by Dougal) runs at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall on Thursday 19th April and Saturday 21st April. Tickets HERE

TEDDY(Written by Tristan Bernays, music by Dougal) runs at THE VAULTS, London till June 3rd.




TEDDY – (Written by Tristan Bernays, music by Dougal) opens at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury on January 11th. Directed by Eleanor Rhode, the show is touring before returning to London in March.

The Watermill Theatre / 11 Jan – 10 Feb 2018 /
Salford Lowry Quays Studio / 13 Feb – 17 Feb 2018 /
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds / 19 Feb – 24 Feb 2018 /

Nuffield Southampton / 26 Feb – 3 Mar 2018 /

Chesterfield Pomegranate / 5 Mar – 10 Mar 2018 /

New Wolsey Ipswich / 19 Mar – 24 Mar 2018 /

The Vaults, London / 29 Mar – 5 May 2018 /




TEDDY – (Written by Tristan Bernays, Music by Dougal) has announced its first national tour after its award winning run at Southwark Playhouse. The show runs at the Watermill, Newbury from 11th Jan – 10th Feb, then tours before ending at The Vaults, London from 29th March – 5th May.  TEDDY won best new musical at the Off – West End awards 2016.



Dougal is writing a musical for Belgrade Theatre.

DEPARTURE LOUNGE (Book/Music/Lyrics by Dougal) returns to Edinburgh Fringe this August. Produced by VIVA Theatre. Tickets HERE

Dougal is musical director for Curve Theatre’s young peoples/community production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM. Directed by Nick Winston, the production runs at Curve August 10-20th. Tickets HERE.


APRIL 2017

THE OTHER SCHOOL – (Book/music/lyrics by Dougal Irvine, Book also by Dominic Marsh) is being performed by Nacka Youth Choir in Sweden at  25th -27th APRIL. The show was originally commissioned by NYMT and played The Other Palace in 2013.

THE TWITS (adapted by David Wood, music and songs by Dougal) finishes its UK tour at the ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON. 4-16th April


MARCH 2017

ANGRY BIRDS  (book/music/lyrics by Dougal) had an industry reading at the Park Theatre, London, presented by Homer Simpson productions. The show is a punk musical about the Suffragettes, set in an allegorical forest ala Animal Farm. We are putting the word out to Youth Theatres across the country to perform the show in 2018 as part of the centenary of the Representation of the People’s act (1918) which allowed women to vote for the first time.

To find out more about Angry Birds or to perform the show yourselves, please contact rachel@berlinassociates.com for more information.



ERIC IDLE’S THE QUITE REMARKABLE ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (book/music and lyrics by Dougal) opens at the Belgrade Theatre 18th Feb and runs till 4th March.

THE TWITS (adapted by David Wood, music and songs by Dougal) is on a UK tour. Details HERE



New music on Dougal’s SOUNDCLOUD Page.

THE BUSKERS OPERA makes into critic Mark Shenton’s top 10 New musicals of 2016.

ERIC IDLE’S THE QUITE REMARKABLE ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Adapted by Dougal Irvine with music and songs by Dougal) runs at the Belgrade Theatre 18th Feb – 4th March.

THE TWITS (adapted by David Wood, music and songs by Dougal) plays Curve Theatre until 21st Jan before touring. Opens at Aylesbury Waterside Jan 24th, then Brighton Theatre Royal Jan 30th.

THE WITCHES (adapted by David Wood, music and songs by Dougal) plays West Yorkshire Playhouse until Jan 21st.



Dougal has adapted ‘THE QUITE REMARKABLE ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT‘ by Eric Idle (inspired by the nonsense poem from Edward Lear). Directed by Hamish Glen, the show runs at the Belgrade Theatre from 18th Feb – 4th March 2017.

THE TWITS (adapted by David Wood – music and songs by Dougal) runs at Curve Theatre until Jan 2017 before embarking on a UK tour.

THE WITCHES (adapted by David Wood – music and additional songs by Dougal) plays at West Yorkshire Playhouse until Jan 2017.



THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST ends its run at Birmingham Rep on Sept 24th. Opens Curve Theatre on October 6th. A four star review in The Times is HERE.

Dougal’s Album ACOUSTIC OVERTURES re-released on Bandcamp. Originally released in 2011, it features a host of West End Stars singing Dougal’s songs, including Samantha Barks, Julie Atherton, Lauren Samuels, Ashleigh Gray, Michael Jibson and Stuart Matthew Price. More details HERE


JULY 2016

Dougal is writing music and songs for THE TWITS at Curve Theatre studio this Christmas. Directed by Max Webster, the show also plays in Hong Kong before touring the Uk in 2017. Tickets HERE.

West Yorkshire Playhouse are producing Curve Theatre’s production of THE WITCHES at Xmas 2016. Dougal wrote music and songs for the production. Details HERE

Dougal is writing music for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTDirected by Nikolai Foster, the show runs at Birmingham Rep from 9-24th September and then Curve Theatre from 6th October-5th November.

Dougal is Musical Director for NYMT’s production of SPRING AWAKENING running at Curve Theatre from 17-20th August.


MAY 2016

THE BUSKERS OPERA (Book/music/lyrics by Dougal Irvine) Runs at The Park Theatre till June 4th. Tickets HERE.

Here Dougal talking about THE BUSKERS OPERA on Musical Talk (episode 478) podcast HERE.

LAILA (lyrics by Dougal Irvine). Tours until June 4th. Tour details HERE.


MARCH 2016

Dougal is proud to have recently been made Associate Artist of LEICESTER CURVE.

CASTING ANNOUNCED for BUSKERS OPERA (Book/Music/Lyrics by Dougal Irvine). Opens Park Theatre 28th April – 4th June. Tickets HERE.

LAILA (Book by Pravesh Kumar; Lyrics by Dougal Irvine, Music by Sumeet Chopra) in rehearsals at Watford Palace Theatre. Opens 2nd April before embarking on a National Tour. Tickets HERE

Dougal is presenting a 20 minute extract of ANGRY BIRDS (Book/Music/Lyrics by Dougal Irvine) at BEAM organised by MTN and Mercury Musicals, Park Theatre on 8-9 March. Tickets HERE.

TEDDY (by Tristan Bernays, Music by Dougal Irvine) has won BEST NEW MUSICAL at the Off-West End awards, hosted by Sir Ian Mckellen.

THE WITCHES (Adapted by David Wood, Music by Dougal Irvine) continues to tour until April. Tickets HERE.



THE WITCHES – (Adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl with music by Dougal Irvine) plays LEICESTER CURVE until 10th January

THE SNOW QUEEN – (Adapted by Georgia Pritchett from Hans Christian Anderson with music by Dougal Irvine) is at ROYAL & DERNGATE until 3rd January.

THE OTHER SCHOOL – (Book/music/lyrics by Dougal Irvine, Book also by Dominic Marsh) is at WOKING COLLEGE  9-11th December.

LAILA – (Book by Pravesh Kumar; Lyrics by Dougal Irvine; Music by Sumeet Chopra) is on sale HERE

THE BUSKERS OPERA (Book/music/lyrics by Dougal Irvine) on sale HERE



THE BUSKERS OPERA – (book/music/lyrics Dougal Irvine) will have its WORLD PREMIER at The Park Theatre from 28th April – 4th June 2016. The show is produced by Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus, Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark and is supported by Arts Council England. Tickets HERE

LAILA THE MUSICAL – (book; Pravesh Kumar, Lyrics; Dougal Irvine, Music; Sumeet Chopra) is announced. Produced by Rifco Arts. The show will open at Watford Palace in April 2016 and tour the UK. Details HERE



Lyricist – Workshopping Laila for Rifco Arts/Watford Palace.

Music/Lyrics – Rehearsals begin for Snow Queen at Royal & Derngate. Tickets HERE

Music/Lyrics – Tickets for The Witches at Leicester Curve HERE



Dougal is writing music and songs for Roald Dahl’s The Witches at Leicester Curve this Christmas. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the production opens in Hong Kong before playing the Curve 9th Dec – 10th Jan and then embarking on a UK tour. Tickets HERE

The Snow Queen (Adapted by Georgia Pritchett with songs by Dougal Irvine) plays Royal & Derngate 25th Nov – 3rd Jan. The show played the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Xmas 2014 and was the best selling show there for six years! Tickets for the Northampton run HERE


JULY 2015

Departure Lounge plays The Crown, Nuneaton 9-11 July before transferring to Buxton Fringe Festival 19-23rd July. Produced by Sudden Impulse

Departure Lounge also plays The Stage Door, Southampton 29th July – 1st August. Presented by Music Theatre South.


JUNE 2015

Teddy runs until June 27th at Southwark Playhouse. Details and Tickets HERE

Teddy gets rave reviews, including four stars from TIME OUT, THE STAGE and EVENING STANDARD


APRIL 2015

Teddy (by Tristan Bernays, Music by Dougal Irvine) on sale at Southwark Playhouse June 4-30th. Tickets HERE

In Touch (Book/music/lyrics – Dougal Irvine) April 29th – 4th May Rabinest Theatre, TOKYO. Details HERE


MARCH 2015

Teddy (by Tristan Bernays, Music by Dougal Irvine) announced at Southwark Playhouse – playing June 4-27th. Teddy is produced by Snapdragon and Theatre Bench. Tickets HERE



Dougal’s show In Touch gets Premier in Japan! The show will run for eight shows at the beginning of May at Rabinest Theatre, Tokyo.

WRITERS PLAYGROUND – Dougal will be playing a few songs at the Union Theatre 8pm 15th February as part of Writers Playground produced by Fairground Theatre. Tickets HERE



Approaching a first draft of LAILA for RIFCO ARTS (Book – Pravesh Kumar, Lyrics – Dougal Irvine, Music – Sumeet Chopra)

Creative Mentor/dramaturg for The Unblinding written by Sarah Henley and James Fox.

Workshop leader for StageSong project run by Mousetrap Theatre Projects



Workshop of The Lighthouse produced by The Production Exchange.

The Snow Queen runs until January review HERE



Q&A with Dougal about Snow Queen HERE



Rehearsal draft for The Snow Queen (Book & Lyrics – Georgia Pritchard) tickets HERE

First draft of The Lighthouse (Book – Daniel O’Brien, Lyrics – Dougal Irvine, Music – Peter White)



New sounds on Dougal’s SOUNDCLOUD page


JULY 2014

Writing music for The Snow Queen (Book and Lyrics – Georgia Pritchard) for Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Tickets HERE

Devising a piece of theatre with Drew McConie for Lyric Hammersmith FUTURE FEST

Review for GSA production of The Other School HERE


JUNE 2014

The Other School – Production by GSA at The Mill Studio, Guildford 3-5th July. Directed by Steven Dexter. Tickets HERE



The Other School – Now licensed by R&H Europe. Details HERE

Departure Lounge – Production at Rose Bruford College 10th April

In Touch – Production at Bradwell Community Education Centre May 13-14th.

Angry Birds  – Havering College Theatre – May 21-22

Laila – Lyricist for the new show from Rifco Arts – April Workshop

Perfect Pitch Award – Finalist, working with Tim Sutton on an original pitch.

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