Daragh Carville


Daragh Carville is a playwright and screenwriter.

His plays, which include Language Roulette, Observatory and Family Plot, have been widely produced in Britain and Ireland, and as far afield as France, Germany, Holland, and the U.S.

In 2014, he produced a play based on two of Britain’s early film pioneers: ‘The Life And Times of Mitchell and Kenyon.’

He has also written for television and radio. His radio play Regenerations, first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2000, was nominated for the Richard Imison Award. His adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2003.

Daragh’s first feature film as writer, Middletown, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2006. The film, which stars Matthew MacFadyen, Daniel Mays, Eva Birthistle and Gerard McSorley, was directed by Brian Kirk and produced by Michael Casey of Green Park Films. It was nominated in nine categories at the 2007 Irish Film and Television Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay, with Eva Birthistle picking up the award for Best Actress for her role in the film.

Daragh’s second film as screenwriter, Cherry Bomb, starring Rupert Grint and directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, was released in 2009.

Television credits include episodes of BBC3’s award-winning Being Human, BBC Northern Ireland’s student drama 6 Degrees and the first series of The Smoke, a major new drama series produced by Kudos for Sky One.

Radio credits include Regenerations (Radio 3), which features on the BBC Audio release Doctor Who at the BBC: The Plays, and Dracula (Radio 4) starring Michael Fassbender.

Daragh Carville has won the Stewart Parker and the Meyer Whitworth awards.

“I was born in Armagh in 1969 so the Troubles were an inescapable fact of life when I was growing up. Inevitably then the events of those years has shaped my writing. Having said that, though, Ive always tried to steer clear of the traditional iconography of the “Troubles play” and approach the subject in a more oblique and I hope more original way.”


TITLE: “Daragh Carville in Conversation with Glenn Patterson”
PAGE NUMBERS: p. 64 – 75
TITLE OF BOOK: Theatre Talk : Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners
EDITOR: Lilian Chambers, Ger Fitzgibbon and Eamonn Jordan
PUBLISHER: Carysfort Press
ISBN: 0-9534257-6-2

TITLE: “Being from Northern Ireland […] gives me a foot in both camps”: A Talk with Daragh Carville
PAGE NUMBERS: p. 223 - 241
JOURNAL TITLE: HJEAS: Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
YEAR: Fall, 2003
ISSN: 1218-7364