John Romeril

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John Henry Romeril AM (born 26 October 1945) is a contemporary Australian playwright.

John Romeril was born and grew up in Melbourne where he attended Monash University.[1] His first plays, I Don't Know Who To Feel Sorry For (1969) and Chicago, Chicago (1970) were written while he was still a student.[2] Since then he has written over forty works including Mrs Thally F (1971), The Floating World (1975) and The Kelly Dance (1984). He has also written for television and the filmscript One Night the Moon was produced in 2001. His work has won the Canada-Australia Literary Award in 1976, the Victorian Government Drama Fellowship in 1988 and the Asialink Playwrighting Competition in 2004. From 2004 to 2006 he received an Australia Council Creative Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was the recipient of the University of New South Wales' Literary Scholarship in 2006–7.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2008 Romeril was awarded the Patrick White Award, while in 2013 he was given a Lifetime Achievement award by the Sydney Theatre Awards.[4] At the 2016 AWGIEs he was awarded the Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.[5] Romeril was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours for "significant service to the performing arts as a playwright and screenwriter, and to theatre companies and education".[6]



  • A Nameless Concern (1968)
  • Kitchen Table (1968)
  • The Man from Chicago (1969)
  • Marvellous Melbourne (1970)
  • I Don't Know Who to Feel Sorry For (1973)
  • The Floating World (1975)
  • Barstardy (1982)
  • Jonah (1985)
  • Kelly Dance (1986)
  • Legends (1986)
  • Definitely Not the Last: A rock'n'roll fable (1989)
  • Lost Weekend (1989)
  • Black Cargo (1991)
  • Love Suicides (1997)
  • Miss Tanaka (2001)


Secondary sources

  • John Romeril edited by Gareth Griffiths (Rodopi, 1993)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Romeril, John (a.k.a. Romeril, John Henry) (AustLit) Accessed: 26 February 2007.
  2. ^ John Romeril Archived 2007-08-30 at the Wayback Machine (OzArts Online) Accessed: 26 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Playwright awarded UNSW Literary Fellowship". University of New South Wales. 2 May 2006. Archived from the original on 30 March 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007.
  4. ^ "John Romeril". AustLit. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "AWGIE Special Awards 1973-2018" (PDF). Australian Writers' Guild. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Governor-General of Australia. Retrieved 24 August 2020.