David was born in Edinburgh in 1969 and brought up in Nigeria. He studied drama at Bristol University and is now a well-known writer and director of plays. He has been commissioned by the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently Dramaturg of the National Theatre of Scotland.
His first play was produced in Glasgow in 1992 and he has written many plays since, produced worldwide. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture Theatre Group with Graham Eatough in Glasgow.
His translations include: Camus’ Caligula (2003), Candide 2000, and When the Bulbul Stopped Singing, based on a book by Raja Shehadeh. Danny 306 + Me (4 ever) (1999) is a play written for children.
Further plays include: The American Pilot (2005), about America’s involvement in the Middle East and Eastern Europe; Pyrenees (2005) about a man who is found in the foothills of the Pyrenees, having lost his memory; and San Diego (2003), a journey through the American dream. These were followed by Gobbo, a modern- day fairytale; Herges Adverntures of Tintin, an adaptation; Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee (2006); and Damascus (2007).
David Greig’s more recent works include: two translations of Euripedes’ The Bacchae (2007); and of Strindberg’s Creditors (2008). In 2010 his play Dunsinane, set in Scotland during the border wars with England, premiered at Hampstead Theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his play, The Monster in the Hall (2011) was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
His recent play, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2011) was first presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and toured in summer 2011. In 2012, his play The Letter of Last Resort, was performed at Tricycle Theatre, the final play of a ten-play cycle entitled The Bomb - A Partial History in Two Parts. In 2013 he wrote The Events, in which different local choirs perform the musical numbers every night.