Michael is an Edinburgh-born actor and playwright, who has been working professionally since 1983. He returned to Edinburgh in 2011 after spending 20 years living and working in England.
As an actor, he has played everything from Daft Jamie to The Big Bad Wolf to Prospero.
His first play, The Knight From Nowhere (about Henry Irving) was commissioned for the Centenary Season of the Royal Lyceum Theatre.
In 2015 he wrote the text for Company Chordelia's highly acclaimed Nijinsky's Last Jump, which was a Dance Pick of the Year in both the Telegraph and the Guardian.
In 2016 he wrote and performed Nosferatu's Shadow, about the life and work of Max Schreck, which was five-star reviewed and short-listed for the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award.
His next play will be Weaver of Dreams, about William McGonagall.
1983 : The Knight from Nowhere(about Henry Irving), commissioned for Royal Lyceum Theatre Centenary Season. 'Shakespeare's rescuer rescued.'TLS
1993 : The Tempest(90 minute adaptation for two actors).Performed by Two's a Crowd.
1995 : Dear Willie * Dear Maud(about WB Yeats and Maud Gonne.)St Albans and London.'….theatrical tour-de-force…' Time Out
1999/2000 : Ultimate Islands(about Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson),Edinburgh Festival Fringe.'Sensitive, intelligent and beautifully written….If you see nothing else….see this.' ***** The Scotsman. Fringe First Nominated.
1999 : Strange Bedfellows(a themed sequence of scenes from Shakespeare).Edinburgh Fringe. Multiple **** reviews.'Expertly and sensitively assembled.'Evening News
2002 : The Hound of the Baskervilles(Stage adaptation by MD).Unproduced.
2007 : With Wide-Open Eyes(a dramatic portrait of Rembrandt).Private commission.
2009 : A Vision(re-working of Dear Willie * Dear Maud).Calder Bookshop Theatre, London. 'Edge-of-the-seat erotic tension.' Time Out
2012 : The Wendigo(screenplay adaptation of Algernon Blackwood story by MD).Unproduced.
2014 : Hyde & Seek(solo show about RLS, Jekyll & Hyde and MD).Edinburgh Fringe and tour. 'Spellbinding….magnetic….superbly crafted and executed.' ****The Stage : excerpt - https://youtu.be/0hBrz3HXFo4
2015 : Nijinsky's Last Jump(dance-drama with text by MD).Commissioned by Company Chordelia for Edinburgh Fringe and tour. Multiple **** and ***** reviews.'Michael Daviot's script takes us right to the heart of the man in ways few others have managed….you get a feeling that somewhere, Nijinsky is saying: "Finally, someone understands." The Scotsman PICK OF THE YEAR in both The Telegraph and The Guardian.
2016 : Nosferatu's Shadow(Solo show about the life of Max Schreck).Etcetera Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton and Edinburgh Horror Festivals. Short-listed for the SAC Theatre Award. '….this engrossing one-man play….impeccably accessible…. a case study in theatrical biography done well.' *****Fringe Guru'….illuminating, funny and incredibly touching….a wonderful script.' ****Broadway Baby