Writer

Hugh Travers

About

Hugh is a writer for film, TV and theatre.

Film & TV


Hugh wrote the screenplay for Dutch comedy-drama feature Your Mother Should Know (‘De Matchmaker’) produced by Lemming Films in The Netherlands. Other screen credits include Trial of the Century, a landmark drama series produced by Treasure Entertainment & Loosehorse for TV3 and episodes of Red Rock a long running police procedural drama series broadcast on TV3, BBC 1 and Amazon Prime. Most recently he co-wrote episodes of The South Westerlies for Deadpan Pictures, RTE and Acorn and wrote on the upcoming Dutch-Taiwanese feature film Dead & Beautiful directed by David Verbeek.

He has worked in numerous writer’s rooms for companies such as Element Pictures, World 2000, Treasure Entertainment, Twelve Town, Riff Raff and Deadpan Pictures.
He is currently developing a number of feature projects with Screen Ireland as well as an original TV series for the BBC, Endeavour Content and Deadpan Pictures.

Theatre

Hugh’s critically acclaimed play These Stupid Things premiered at The Festival of Curiosity in 2019. Previous plays include LAMBO (Dublin Fringe Festival and national tour – adapted for RTÉ Radio 1 it won the PPI Drama Award for Best Radio Play),  and Clear The Air (Theatre Upstairs and the Electric Picnic Arts Festival).

He is a former participant of Rough Magic SEEDS. His theatre scripts have been long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize, the Verity Bargate Award and the Papatango Prize. He was also runner up in the 2016 Creative Europe Pop Drama Award and the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award. He is a founder member of the White Label theatre collective and has previously developed plays with Rough Magic, The Abbey Theatre and Fishamble, The New Play Company.

Featured work

The Matchmaker / Your Mother Should Know

Lemming Film
Director: Jeroen Houben
Producers: Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit
Cast: Ariane Schluter, Slimane Dazi, Georgina Verbaan

Trial of the Century

TV3 / Virgin Media TV
Loosehorse Television / Treasure Entertainment
Director: Maurice Sweeney
Cast: Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Denis Conway, Andrew Bennett

ambitious, intelligent and provocative……. a tight, literate script, which manages to make labyrinthine matters comprehensible, and dry legal arguments entertaining. The tension is palpable; you get that tingle that something momentous is about to happen here.Independent

These Stupid Things, 2019

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Director: Sarah Baxter
​Set & Costume Designer​: ​Sarah Foley​​
​Lighting Designer​: ​Bill Woodland​
​Composer & Sound Designer​: ​Vincent Doherty​
​Cast:​ ​Rachel O’Byrne, ​Ian Toner​

“Travers … has taken witty and intelligent approaches to human nature before … Here, in a piece that combines science, psychology and storytelling … he depicts the thin divide between logic and intuition in everyone’s makeup.”            The Irish Times

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