Tommy Murphy (Australian playwright)
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Tommy Murphy (born 1979) is an Australian playwright.
He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director's course). He was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, the seventh of eight children in a Catholic family. His plays are known for their humour and buoyant theatricality.
He was a resident writer at Griffin Theatre Company 2004-06, for which he wrote Strangers in Between and Holding the Man. Both plays are published by Currency Press, in one volume. Strangers in Between won the national 2006 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play, and Holding the Man won the same Award in 2007. Murphy is the youngest recipient of the award, and the only playwright to win in successive years.
Holding the Man opened in London’s West End for a limited season from 23 April to 3 July 2010. Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes were joined by new cast members Jane Turner, Kath from TV’s Kath and Kim, and Simon Burke. David Berthold directed and Brian Thomson designed. The Trafalgar Studios season was produced by Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh.
Saturn's Return was commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company co-artistic directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett for STC's Wharf 2 season 2008. In 2009 it transferred to the STC main stage. Saturn's Return is published by Currency Press.
In 2007, Tommy Murphy had the title of Honorary Associate conferred by the Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Tommy Murphy's latest play, Gwen in Purgatory, was co-produced by Belvoir (Theatre Company) and La Boite Theatre and directed by Neil Armfield in 2010. The cast for this premiere production were Nathaniel Dean, Grant Dodwell, Sue Ingleton, Melissa Jaffer and Pacharo Mzembe. This play is also published by Currency Press.
- Gwen in Purgatory Co-production between Company B and La Boite Theatre. August–October 2010.
- Saturn's Return. Sydney Theatre Company, August 2008, and return season July–August 2009.
- Holding the Man (adapted from Timothy Conigrave's memoir). Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Company B, Brisbane Powerhouse, and Melbourne Theatre Company. New Conservatory Theatre Company production, San Francisco 2007. London, West End, 2010.
- Strangers in Between. Griffin Theatre Company. First produced in 2005, this play toured nationally in 2008. Also produced by the University of Wollongong (2013).
- Precipice a play for secondary school students was written after 'Holding the Man' in 2007.
- Kinderspiel, co-written with Manuel Schobel. A co-production between the Australian Theatre for Young People and Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin, for the 2002 Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House.
- Bendy at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney 2002.
- Troy's House at the Australian Theatre for Young People, SUDS, the Old Fitzroy and Melbourne's La Mama. Also produced by the Australian National University in 2007.
- The Massacre at Paris, adapted from Christopher Marlowe.
- For God, Queen and Country.
- Winner, WA Premier's Literary Awards, Best Play - "Gwen in Purgatory"
- Winner British Council Realise Your Dream Award
- Winner, 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Best Play - Holding the Man
- Winner, 2006 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Best Play - Strangers in Between
- Winner, 2007 Australian Writers' Guild Award (AWGIE), Best Play - Holding the Man
- Winner, 2007 Aussietheatre.com Online Awards, Best New Play, Holding the Man
- Winner, 2007 Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award
- Nomination, 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Play - Holding the Man
- Nomination, Best New Australian Work, 2007 Sydney Theatre Awards - Holding the Man
- Nomination, Best Play, 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards - Holding the Man
- Nomination, Best New Australian Work, 2006 Sydney Theatre Awards - Strangers in Between
- Nomination, 2006 Australian Writers' Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Play - Strangers in Between
- Winner, Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright's Award - For God, Queen & Country.
- Winner, ACT Young Playwright's Award - For God, Queen and Country
- Currency Press Author of the Month
- STC program information
- Australian Script Centre playwright profiles
- University of Sydney Alumni News
- Sydney Morning Herald review of Gwen in Purgatory
- Bio at Cameron Creswell Agency
- Published plays available through Currency Press
- Curtis Brown website
- Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece on Saturn Return
- Company B Belvoir synopsis of Gwen in Purgatory
- WA Premier's Awards Judges citations