Spotlight on dissidents in new Derry play

Dave Duggan's new play
Dave Duggan's new play

A new play by Derry’s Dave Duggan and focusing of dissident Republicans has been launched in the city.

Guildhall Press unveiled the new play recently at Derry Central Library, with Paul McFadden as guest speaker.

‘Denizen’ is a courtroom drama, written in verse, in which the last republican dissident – Denizen – challenges himself to build a future without violence.

Paul Hippsley, managing editor of Guildhall Press, said of the new work: “It further extends the range of Dave Duggan’s award-winning work which, while rooted in the place where he lives, has already reached audiences and readers across Ireland and in Edinburgh, Liverpool, New York and Afghanistan.”

Mr Duggan himself said: “My new work is in the form of a ‘speech from the dock’. I staged a public reading in February and the feedback afterwards was very positive.

”Numerous audience members indicated they would like the opportunity to read and explore the text further. Having it in print now means it can reach a wider audience, thanks to the efforts of Guildhall Press.

“I wrote the play in verse so that we would give attention to what the main character Denizen is saying and so that readers might enjoy the pleasures of language, rhythm and story.”

‘Denizen’ was written with the support of an Individual Artist Award from City of Culture, and the publication is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Dave Duggan’s other works published by Guildhall Press include his novels ‘The Greening of Larry Mahon’ (2004) and ‘A Sudden Sun’ (2012), as well as a collection of some of his plays, ‘Plays in a Peace Process’ (2008).

His new play, ‘Makaronik’, produced by Aisling Ghéar, will tour Ireland this Autumn.

‘Denizen’ by Dave Duggan is published by Guildhall Press. It is available from local bookshops and online at; Priced at £5.95.