Tommy Murphy (Australian playwright)
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Playwright and screen writer|
Tommy Murphy (born 1979) is an Australian playwright and screen writer. His plays are known for their humour and buoyant theatricality.
He was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, the seventh of eight children in a Catholic family. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director's course).
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 had an encore season at Griffin before transferring to Sydney Opera House, Belvoir, Melbourne Theatre Company and Brisbane's Powerhouse. It played London's West End 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 & Kim, and Simon Burke. David Berthold directed and Brian Thomson designed. The Trafalgar Studios season was produced by Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh. The play has been produced every year since its premiere with new productions in San Francisco, Aukland, Adelaide and encore productions in Brisbane and Sydney. In 2014 the play was also mounted in Los Angeles by The Australian Theatre Company with Larry Moss directing; Nate Jones, Adam J. Yeend, Cameron Daddo, and Roxanne Wilson were cast for the production. Murphy is currently developing a screenplay for Holding the Man with Goalpost Pictures, producers of The Sapphires.
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. He was writer-in-residence at Belvoir 2011–2012. His adaptation of Blood Wedding was commissioned for the London 2012 Olympiad and his reworking of Peter Pan for Belvoir recently transferred to Broadway.
Murphy is the recipient of a Centenary Medal and the British Council Realise Your Dream Award. In 2007, he had the title of honorary associate conferred by the Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney. He also sat on the board of directors of the Australian Theatre for Young People 2005–2010.
Murphy's award-winning 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.
Murphy is represented by Cameron Creswell Agency in Australia and Curtis Brown in the UK.
He is currently working on screen projects including the film version of Holding the Man which will be released in Australian cinemas on August 27. Murphy wrote the screenplay and worked as Associate producer for the film.
Murphy is also under commission to write a play for Black Swan Theatre Company as recipient of the Richard Burton Award.
- Peter Pan: adaptation of J.M. Barrie's plays and novelisation. Company B January 2013. Broadway transfer to New Victory Theater, New York.
- Blood Wedding: adaptation of Federico García Lorca's 1932 play for Royal and Derngate Northampton UK, performed as part of The London Olympic Games' Cultural Olympiad.
- 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 which 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 1999, the Old Fitzroy 2000 and Melbourne's La Mama 2005. Also produced by the Australian National University in 2007.
- The Massacre at Paris, adapted from Christopher Marlowe for Australian Theatre for Young People.
- For God, Queen and Country. Produced by Canberra Youth Theatre.
- Winner, Richard Burton Award – Gwen in Purgatory
- 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
||This article's use of external links may not follow Wikipedia's policies or guidelines. (February 2014)|
- 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
- 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