Dougal is an award winning writer, lyricist and composer.
Credits as Playwright: Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (Curve).
As Writer/Lyricist/Composer: Eric Idle’s Adventures of The Owl and the Pussycat (Belgrade Theatre/Selladoor) The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre – The Stage top ten new musicals 2016), Angry Birds (The Space, Havering), The Other School (St James Theatre/NYMT), In Touch (Bridewell Theatre), Departure Lounge (LONDON Waterloo East, Public Theatre – WhatsonStage Award Nominee, Best New Musical. MTN Award Winner, Best Music. OFF BROADWAY, NY Summer Play Festival).
As Lyricist: Laila (Rifco Arts/Watford Palace) Britain’s Got Bhangra (Rifco Arts/Stratford East/Watford Palace. Two national tours – UK Theatre Award nominee, Best Musical. Off West End Award Winner, Best New Musical) The Lighthouse (Production Exchange).
As Composer: The Twits (Curve) The Importance of Being Earnest (Curve/Birmingham Rep) The Witches (Curve/West Yorkshire Playhouse) Teddy (Southwark Playhouse – Off West End winner, Best New Musical) The Snow Queen (Royal and Derngate/Nuffield) The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (Royal & Derngate – during the Cameron Mackintosh/Mercury Musicals Resident composer scheme), The Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors (Changeling Theatre), Captured by the Dark (StopGap Theatre).
Songs by Dougal have featured at three WhatsonStage Award winners’ concerts and the song cycles A Song Cycle for Soho (Soho Theatre) and Beyond the Gate (Gate Theatre) His album Acoustic Overtures: The Songs of Dougal Irvine features a forward by Stephen Fry and the ‘Stiles and Drewe song prize’ winning Do You Want A Baby Baby?
Dougal was also a finalist for Anthony Gormley’s Arts Foundation Award.