Tommy Murphy

Playwright and screenwriter
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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.

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Theatre

Writer

Director Neil Armfield
 
 
Gwen in Purgatory
Winner: Best Play, 2010 WA Premier's Literary Awards
Producer Company B Belvoir
Director Neil Armfield
Starring
  • Nathaniel Dean
  • Grant Dodwell
  • Sue Ingleton
  • Melissa Jaffer
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    Belvoir St Upstairs, Sydney
     
    Director David Berthold
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • Christopher Au
  • Nicholas Howe
  • Bogart Phillips
  • Emrys Quinn
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    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
    Starring
  • Jeanette Cronin
  • Guy Edmonds
  • Robin McLeavy
  • Brett Stiller
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    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
    Starring
  • Todd d'Amour
  • Erin Krakow
  • Stephen Pilkington
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    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
    Starring
  • Donna Berlin
  • Jim Bywater
  • Alicia Davies
  • Ery Nzaramba
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    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
    Starring
  • Matthew Balch
  • Felicity Barnes
  • Christina Craig
  • Emily Gregory-Roberts
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    Play about growing up in Canberra

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

    Director

    Writer & Director

    TV

    Writer

    Producer Blake Ayshford & Helen Bowden
     
    Matchbox Pictures
     
    Offspring
    1 x 60'
    Starring
  • Richard Davies
  • Asher Keddie
  • Deborah Mailman
  • Eddie Perfect
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    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
    Starring
  • Rodger Corser
  • Louise Fowler
  • Claudia Karvan
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    Comedy about an Australian dentist who discovers the ghost of a British rock star living in her apartment

    Southern Star for Foxtel
     

    Film

    Writer & Associate Producer

    Director Neil Armfield
     
    Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir
    Goalpost Pictures