Daragh joins theatre's honorary patrons

Published: 25 August 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Daragh Carville, writer of ITV’s drama The Bay, is to become the newest honorary patron of The Dukes theatre in Lancaster.

Originally from Armagh, Northern Ireland, Carville had an interest in theatre, television and cinema from an early age. When he and his wife, the novelist Jo Baker, moved to Lancaster in 2005, they regularly went to The Dukes theatre and cinema.

“Both of our kids—Dan and Aoife—are part of the brilliant youth theatre and as a family we never miss a Christmas or park show,” said Carville.

In 2014, he was commissioned by The Dukes to write The Life and Times of Mitchell & Kenyon, which told the story of two pioneering film-makers who documented Northern working-class life, and was made in collaboration with Lancaster theatre-makers imitating the dog.

A second series of The Bay began filming in Morecambe this month and will be broadcast next year.

Carville joins the venue’s four existing patrons Andy Serkis, Sarah Lancashire, Christine Mackie and Cherylee Houston.