Declan Hughes

Novelist, playwright and writer for film
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Biography

Declan hails from South Dublin, Ireland and is an author, playwright and screenwriter.

His first novel, The Wrong Kind of Blood, won a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and proved to be the start of an enormously successful crime series charting the activities of private investigator Ed Loy. His novels have been nominated for a host of crime fiction awards.

In 1984 he co-founded the internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, Rough Magic, for whom he has written a number of commissions. His 2006 film, The Flying Scotsman, starred Jonny Lee Miller and told the true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, who built a bicycle out of old washing machine parts and went on to win the Tour de France. The film was nominated for seven Scottish BAFTAs, including Best Screenplay.

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Theatre

Writer

 

New commission from Roughmagic

Roughmagic
 
Producer The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director Toby Frow
Starring
  • Cathy Belton
  • Declan Conlon
  • Paul Connaughton
  • Clare O’Malley
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    Play about a group of friends set across one summer's day 30 years apart
    The Gate Theatre, Dublin
     
    Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company
    Director Lynne Parker
    Starring
  • Pom Boyd
  • Anne Byrne
  • Paul Hickey
  • Jenni Ledwell
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    A dark reunion drama
    Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin
     
    Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company
    Director Lynne Parker
     
    Play following the fortunes of two couples as they stride, stagger and stumble through contemporary life in Dublin
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin
     
    Producer Abbey Theatre
    Director Lynne Parker
    Starring
  • Cathy Belton
  • Andrew Bennett
  • Kelly Campbell
  • Des Cave
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    Adaptation of Moliere's classic play
    Abbey Theatre, Dublin
     
    Producer Abbey Theatre
    Director Conall Morrison
    Starring
  • Anthony Brophy
  • Liam Carney
  • Amelia Crowley
  • Michael McElhatton
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    Play about three men attempting to move up in the world
    Abbey Theatre, Dublin
     
    Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company
    Director Lynne Parker
    Starring
  • Anne Byrne
  • Stuart Graham
  • Gina Moxley
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    Play about two sisters who go on a camping trip to the spot where their mother died in a car accident
    Bush Theatre, London
     
    Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company
    Director Lynne Parker
    Starring
  • Pom Boyd
  • Jane Brennan
  • Seán Kearns
  • Gina Moxley
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    Play set in Dublin about a group of friends reuniting ten years after they have left college
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin
     
    Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company
    Director Lynne Parker
    Starring
  • Barry Barnes
  • Miche Doherty
  • Andrea Irvine
  • Tina Kellegher
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    Radical re-working of George Fraquhar's comedy which places the previously minor character of Lyrick at the centre of the action
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin
     
    Producer Rough Magic Theatre Company
    Director Lynne Parker
    Starring
  • Anne Byrne
  • Miche Doherty
  • Hélène Montague
  • Arthur Riordan
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    Play studying the complicated relationship between the writer Dashiell Hammett and the playwright Lillian Hellman
    The Pleasance, Edinburgh
     

    Film

    Writer

     
    Film based on the true story of a thirty year old man who posed as an eighteen year old to qualify for medical school
    Bronco Films
     
    Producer Gerhard Schmidt
    Director Chris Bould
    Starring
  • John Cleere
  • Schuyler Fisk
  • Stephen McHattie
  • Pauline McLynn
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    Award-winning film about an Irish boy who befriends Joe, only to discover that Joe is not a boy but a girl
    New Films International
    Gemini Film
     
    The Flying Scotsman
    Nominated for Scottish BAFTA Best Film and Best Screenplay 2006
    Director Douglas Mackinnon
    Starring
  • Steven Berkoff
  • Brian Cox
  • Jonny Lee-Miller
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    Film of the true story of Graeme Obree, who built a bicycle out of washing machine parts and went on to become a champion cyclist
    MGM
    Content Film/Scottish Screen/Scion Films
     

    TV

    Writer

     
    Television adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's novel about capital punishment in London in the 19th century
    Picture Palace
     

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