Rod Dungate

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BornJune 23, 1946
EducationBA in Drama
Alma materBristol University
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Creative specialist
AwardsMentorn TV Best New Play Award

Rod Dungate (born June 23, 1946) is an English playwright, poet and creative specialist. He is a Senior Fellow Advance HE at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University, UK, working with acting and design students.

In 1992 he was awarded Mentorn TV Best New Play Award for his play titled Playing By The Rules. The production was revived at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1993 and first published by Methuen in the collection Gay Plays 5 – selected and introduced by Michael Wilcox. Dungate has written extensively for BBC Radio 4 drama.


Dungate trained as a Drama Teacher from 1965 to 1968, achieved his BA in Drama at Bristol University 1978–1981, and an MA in Playwrighting Studies at University of Birmingham 1989–1991.

He is, at present, artistic director of DD Arts Birmingham, a company which aims to release the power of merging art forms to bring about change and public wellbeing and is also the founder of Reviewsgate, a theatre reviews website.

For many years he was an active member of Birmingham’s Cannon Poets. He lives in Birmingham, UK.


Dungate defines his politics as broadly left of centre. He was in the forefront of campaigners for LGBT rights in the 1980s and 1990s. His political views inform his work though by implication rather than being in the forefront. He is a passionate campaigner for the importance of all arts in education.

Dungate has been a member of the Labour Party since 1982 and identifies himself as ‘broadly centre left’.

Theatre plays

  • At Ease! (2018). (Old Joint Stock Birmingham)
  • Off The Straight and Narrow (2016). (Old Joint Stock Birmingham)
  • Seeing the Sea Through the Cracks (2011). (Old Joint Stock Birmingham)
  • Beggar's Comedy (2010). (Northampton University)
  • Taking Liberties (1996). (Gateway Theatre Chester)
  • Daniel and the Dragon and the Auntie from Hell (1995). (Sutton Coldfield Little Theatre)
  • King James's Ear (1994). (Old Red Lion London)
  • Playing By the Rules (1993). (Birmingham Rep, Drill Hall London, Edge Theatre Miami)
  • Silent Woman (1981). (Bristol University, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Radio broadcasts

  • Friends of Oscar (1997) (R4, 2 hrs – adaptation of own theatre play)
  • Honey from a Weed (2003 (R4 5x15 mins)
  • Memories of Gascony (R4 5x15 mins)
  • Now You See Me (1995) (R4, 30m).
  • Top Story (1996) (R4, 2 episodes of 4x1 hour).

Selected poems

2015-2020 Bagman (The) Chalk dust rising Diminishing Returns Equinox: 21 September 2020, Autumn Evening Graham and Me Love of My Life Taking Steps Three Corvin poems I’d Say It’s OK to be Pissed About Birdsong Magical Magpie Raven, Come and Sing Et In Arcadia Ego Final Say Five a Day Funeral Canticle If Words Were Spells Lost boy whispers Measuring My Circular Motion Ring or Send a Note Skipping along the Pavement Swords, Words, Explosive Devices 2010 – 2015 Beer Bowsprit Don’t Come and Stare Elephant Felix Abercrombie If I Close My Eyes Measuring time October Evening We Write on Sand Words Without Gravity


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