Dugald trained at RADA and has worked extensively as an actor with theatre companies including the RSC, The National Theatre, The English Touring Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Hampstead Theatre and The Old Vic.
As a long-standing member of Edward Hall’s internationally-acclaimed Propeller, he played roles including Henry V, Petruchio, and Olivia, before becoming an associate director.
He toured the UK as Hannay in The 39 Steps; and West End appearances include Freddie in The Deep Blue Sea at the Vaudeville; Lysander in Propeller’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at the former Comedy Theatre (now the Pinter); and Bill Austin in Mamma Mia at The Novello.
He received a Best Actor nomination from The Stage for his portrayal of David Cameron in William Gaminara’s The Three Lions, and a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland Best Actor nomination for his role as Mephistopheles in Faust at the Edinburgh Lyceum.
TV and film work includes From Time to Time, Hart’s War, Alive and Kicking, Deserter, Case Histories, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Trust, and Hotel Babylon.
He has voiced numerous non-fiction and fiction audio-books – as well as several children’s books - and narrated a landmark documentary series for the Smithsonian Channel, Aerial Britain, launching in the UK in the spring of 2019.
His debut novel, The Lizard – a suspense thriller set in the Greek islands in 1988 - will be published in the spring of 2020.
After some fifteen years as a professional actor, Dugald moved to the other side of the rehearsal room, directing After The Dance, by Terrence Rattigan, for the graduating BA acting students at Italia Conti in Clapham. He has since directed four other final year productions there – most recently, French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan. He also directed several final year productions for The Central School of Speech and Drama – of which, Jumpy, by April de Angelis, was hailed by Geoff Coleman (The Managing director of CSSD) as the best production he’d seen at Central in 20 years.
In 2011, Dugald became associate director for Edward Hall’s all-male Shakespeare ensemble, Propeller, directing numerous ‘pocket’ (1 hour) productions of their previous full-length shows, before being contracted to direct the remounts of the last four international touring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors.
In 2013 and 2014, Dugald directed two Catalan Shakespeare productions for the Teatre Akademia theatre company in Barcelona (Romeu i Julietta - Romeo and Juliet; and Com Us Plagui – As You Like It) both of which ran for eight weeks to critical acclaim, the former, remaining Time Out’s number one choice for six consecutive weeks.
In 2020 Dugald directed the tour of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson. He wrote a guest blog about this experience that can be found here.
Prior to that, his most recent production was Indivisible Irene, by Jackie Carreira, mounted for The 2019 Ink Festival in Suffolk: a one woman show starring Ann Bryson, about a woman coming to terms with growing feelings of futility, having reached her mid-fifties. The production also had a highly successful run at the Tristan Bates in London.
In 2019 he directed Pigeons, written by Penelope Rawlins for The Camden Fringe Festival at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, in July 2019; starring Marlene Sidaway (of BBC’s Mum TV series) and introducing newcomer Max Fricker, recently graduated from Italia Conti. A touching tale of an unlikely meeting of minds between two random strangers on a lone park bench, Pigeons addresses the fragility of communication in the wake of society’s increasing addiction to social media.
For the stage:
Dugald wrote, directed and produced his first play, ‘Spindrift’, at St Andrews University. No copy of the manuscript remains to this day, but the story concerns a university student who meets and falls in love with a Mermaid on the sandy shores of St Andrews in Scotland, in the late 1800’s. When confronted by the law courts, he insists his account is true, despite threats of the death penalty for witchcraft. Granted bail – paid for by his Moral Philosophy tutor - he is encouraged to flee town. Before leaving, desperate for a final reunion with his otherworldly sweetheart, he returns at dawn to the West Sands and enters the sea, never to return. The verdict of suicide is eventually turned over when a respected member of the community claims she witnessed the event, and confessed she saw what she could only describe as a mermaid, tumbling with the man in the surf before he slipped under the waves.
Dugald’s second play, The Cage (a one-act, hour long, psychological thriller) was directed by Ricard Baron and produced by the now Chairman of SOLT (Society of London Theatres) Julian Bird, for The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival 2010. (See reviews)
His third play, Hijacked, is a further development of The Cage into a new, full-length play. The piece is currently being considered by several UK theatre companies for production.
For Film and TV:
Dugald has written a full-length feature film, The Squirrel: a buddy-movie comedy, set in present day London and Ireland – about hapless bachelor, Billy, who incurs the wrath of a criminal mafia gangster after losing a game of poker. Mr Squirrel gives Billy three days to pay what he owes. Recently unemployed and now broke, however, the only source of funds available to him is an inheritance from his grandmother, but on the condition he settles down and ties the knot. Dumped that same afternoon by his fiancée, however, he is fresh out of suitors. Billy has three days to find a wife.
The film is currently being considered by London-based film and television companies.
Dugald has written his debut novel, The Lizard: a suspense thriller set on the Greek Islands in 1988. The novel is being published by Muswell-Press in the spring of 2020.
1988. Heading to Greece to mend a broken heart, undergraduate Alistair Haston lands a dream job on the island of Paros with all the perks, where his sorrows are soon swept away in a cocktail of hedonistic pursuits. But when the body of a missing tourist is found, the finger of blame turns upon Haston and his world collapses. Forced on the run, on an island with few hiding places and fewer allies, Haston must rely on raw survival instincts if he is to make it out alive.