Douglas Maxwell

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Douglas Maxwell (born 1974 in Girvan) is an award-winning Scottish playwright, whose work has been performed throughout Scotland, the UK and abroad.

Life & work[edit]

He was born to two teachers in Girvan on the Ayrshire south-west coast of Scotland. He has one sister. He came to fame when Decky Does a Bronco was performed in 2000 by the Grid Iron Theatre Company. The play won numerous awards including a Fringe First, the Stage Award for Ensemble Acting and was nominated for The Barclaycard Stage Award for Best Touring Production. Variety, a comic drama about the impact of cinema on Scotland's variety entertainers, was staged as at The Edinburgh International Festival in 2002 and was subsequently broadcast on BBC Four.[1] Maxwell was also the subject of a BBC Two Scotland Artworks documentary in 2002. In 2009 Maxwell was awarded Theatre Centre's Brian Way Award for Best New Play for The Mothership.[2]


  • Decky Does a Bronco (2000) Pub. Oberon (2001)
  • Our Bad Magnet (2000) Pub. Oberon (2001)
  • Variety (2002) Pub. Oberon (2002)
  • Helmet (2002) Pub. Oberon (2002)
  • Mancub (2005) Pub. Oberon (2005)
  • If Destroyed True (2005)[3] Pub. Oberon (2005)
  • The Backpacker Blues (2005)
  • Melody (2006) Pub. Oberon (2006)
  • The Mother Ship (2008) Pub. Oberon (2008)
  • The Miracle Man (2010) [4]
  • A Respectable Widow Takes To Vulgarity (2013)
  • Fever Dream: Southside (2015)
  • Yer Granny (2015)
  • Charlie Sonata (2015)


  1. ^ Farquhar, Simon (December 2009). "Film and Drama: Variety". BBC. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Theatre Centre Archived January 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ellis, Samantha (6 April 2005). "Public Inquiry: Douglas Maxwell". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ "The Miracle Man". National Theatre of Scotland. Retrieved 29 June 2013.

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