Tommy Murphy

Playwright and screenwriter
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Tommy is an award-winning Australian playwright and director. He studied at the University of Sydney and at the Australian National Institute for Dramatic Art and went on to win multiple awards in Australia. In 2009 he came to the National Theatre Studio in London on an exchange.

Holding the Man, Tommy's incredibly successful adaptation for the stage, has been produced across the world and continues to be a huge hit in Australia. The play won multiple awards including NSW Premier’s Award, the 2007 Australian Writers’ Guild Award and the Philip Parsons Award. It has been developed as a feature film and was released in June 2015 with lovely reviews and it closed the Syndney Film Festival to great acclaim.

Tommy is a current board member of the Australian Theatre for Young People and the Interplay International Playwrights Festival. He is also Writer in Residence at the Griffin Theatre Company.




Director Neil Armfield
Gwen in Purgatory
Winner: Best Play, 2010 WA Premier's Literary Awards
Producer Company B Belvoir
Director Neil Armfield
  • Nathaniel Dean
  • Grant Dodwell
  • Sue Ingleton
  • Melissa Jaffer
    Belvoir St Upstairs, Sydney
    Director David Berthold
  • Socrates Otto
  • Leeanna Walsman
  • Matt Zeremes
    Matt and Zara are settled and happy until the planets move to change their stars
    Sydney Theatre Company
    Director Robert Wickham
  • Christopher Au
  • Nicholas Howe
  • Bogart Phillips
  • Emrys Quinn

    Theatre for young people first produced by Cranbrook School. Four teenage boys dare each other to jump off a cliff but one can't do it

    NIDA Playhouse, Sydney
    Holding The Man
    Winner of 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play.
    Director David Berthold
  • Jeanette Cronin
  • Guy Edmonds
  • Robin McLeavy
  • Brett Stiller
    Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir
    Griffin Theatre Company/Encore Presentation/ Sydney Opera House/Studio Theatre/Company B Belvoir Street Presentation
    Strangers In Between
    Winner 2006 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play. Nominated 2006 AWGIE for Best Play.
    Shane has lost his family and tries to recreate it amongst his friends and lovers
    Griffin Theatre Company
    Director Shoshana Gold
  • Todd d'Amour
  • Erin Krakow
  • Stephen Pilkington

    Short play about two drug-addicts who go to live with a woman suffering from OCD

    The Production Company, New York/The Australia Project: Australia Strikes Back

    Contributing writer

    Australian Theatre for Young People/Sydney Opera House
    Devised play about sexual politics
    Kicking and Screamin Theatre/Sydney Festival
    Creator Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Donna Berlin
  • Jim Bywater
  • Alicia Davies
  • Ery Nzaramba
    New version of Frederico Garcia Lorca's play for the Made in Northampton series
    Royal and Derngate, Northampton

    From the play by Christopher Marlowe

    Australian Theatre for Young People
    Director Tommy Murphy
  • Matthew Balch
  • Felicity Barnes
  • Christina Craig
  • Emily Gregory-Roberts

    Play about growing up in Canberra

    Australian Theatre for Young People
    Winner STC Young Playwright's Award
    Canberra Youth Theatre



    Producer Blake Ayshford & Helen Bowden
    Matchbox Pictures
    1 x 60'
  • Richard Davies
  • Asher Keddie
  • Deborah Mailman
  • Eddie Perfect

    Television show following the life of an Australian obstetrician and her family

    Southern Star for Channel 10
    Producer Claudia Karvan & Jacquelin Perske
    Director Jonathan Brough
  • Rodger Corser
  • Louise Fowler
  • Claudia Karvan

    Comedy about an Australian dentist who discovers the ghost of a British rock star living in her apartment

    Southern Star for Foxtel


    Writer & Associate Producer

    Director Neil Armfield
  • Guy Pearce
  • Ryan Corr
  • Craig Stott
  • Anthony LaPaglia
  • Kerry Fox
  • Sarah Snook
    Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir 
    Goalpost Pictures


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