Tommy Murphy

Playwright and screenwriter

Theatre, Film & TV
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Biography

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 is being developed as a feature film and went into pre-production in September 2014.

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.

CV

Theatre
Writer
Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Creator Federico Garcia Lorca
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Donna Berlin, Jim Bywater, Alicia Davies, Ery Nzaramba & Amanda Wilkin

New version of Frederico Garcia Lorca's play for the Made in Northampton series

Belvoir St Upstairs, Sydney
Producer Company B Belvoir
Director Neil Armfield
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Nathaniel Dean, Grant Dodwell , Sue Ingleton , Melissa Jaffer & Pachsro Mzembe

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Saturn's Return 2008
Sydney Theatre Company
Director David Berthold
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Socrates Otto, Leeanna Walsman & Matt Zeremes

Matt and Zara are settled and happy until the planets move to change their stars

Precipice 2007
NIDA Playhouse, Sydney
Director Robert Wickham
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Christopher Au, Nicholas Howe, Bogart Phillips, Emrys Quinn & Artin Tsambazis

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

Syphon 2007
The Production Company, New York/The Australia Project: Australia Strikes Back
Director Shoshana Gold
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Todd d'Amour, Erin Krakow & Stephen Pilkington

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

Griffin Theatre Company/Encore Presentation/ Sydney Opera House/Studio Theatre/Company B Belvoir Street Presentation
Director David Berthold
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Jeanette Cronin, Guy Edmonds, Robin McLeavy, Brett Stiller & Matt Zeremes

Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir

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Griffin Theatre Company
Writer Tommy Murphy

Shane has lost his family and tries to recreate it amongst his friends and lovers

360 Degrees In A One Night Stand 2003
Kicking and Screamin Theatre/Sydney Festival
Writer Tommy Murphy

Devised play about sexual politics

Kinderspiel 2002
Australian Theatre for Young People/Sydney Opera House
Writer Tommy Murphy

Contributing writer

The Massacre At Paris 2001
Australian Theatre for Young People
Writer Tommy Murphy

From the play by Christopher Marlowe

Troy's House 2000
Australian Theatre for Young People
Director Tommy Murphy
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Matthew Balch, Felicity Barnes, Christina Craig, Emily Gregory-Roberts & Michael Hammel

Play about growing up in Canberra

For God, Queen & Country 1997
Canberra Youth Theatre
Writer Tommy Murphy

Winner STC Young Playwright's Award

Commission 2014
Blackswan State Theatre Company
Writer Tommy Murphy

Television
Writer
Offspring 1 x 60'
2012
Southern Star for Channel 10
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Richard Davies, Asher Keddie, Deborah Mailman, Eddie Perfect & Kat Stewart

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

Spirited: The Real Thing 1 x 60'
2011
Southern Star for Foxtel
Producer Claudia Karvan & Jacquelin Perske
Director Jonathan Brough
Writer Tommy Murphy
Starring Rodger Corser, Louise Fowler, Claudia Karvan & Simon Lyndon

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

The Fat 2003
ABC TV
Writer Tommy Murphy

Writer on weekly chat show

Film
Writer
Harry Feature
2010

In development  
Producer Margaret Fink & Emile Sherman
Writer Tommy Murphy

 
Commission Feature
2014
See-Saw Films for Film Four
In development
Producer Liz Watts
Writer Tommy Murphy

About Mary Shelley and contemporary Romantic poets

Writer and Associate Producer
Holding the Man Feature
2014

 
Director Neil Armfield
Writer Tommy Murphy

Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir