The School of Communication and Arts is pleased to announce award-winning Australian playwright Tommy Murphy as the 2016 UQ Drama Creative Fellow. 

Tommy Murphy (born 1979) is an award-winning Australian playwright and screen writer. He is best known for his stage and screen adaptation of Timothy Conigrave's memoir Holding the Man. Murphy was born in Queanbeyan, NSW, 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.

Murphy is also under commission to write a play for Black Swan State Theatre Company as recipient of the Richard Burton Award. 

As part of his Creative Fellowship with the School of Communication and Arts, Tommy Murphy will be delivering a lecture, playreading and a writing masterclass.  The details are as follows:

Tuesday 19th April 2016
Hawken Engineering Building, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Wednesday 20 April 2016
Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, 6.30pm
Thursday 21 April 2016
Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, 10am - 12pm
Limited places available.
Please RSVP to these events by emailing 


UQ Drama: Through time and across cultures.

UQ Drama Creative Fellowship | Tommy Murphy

Tue 19 Apr 2016 1:30pm


Various - Room T105, Hawken Engineering Building; and the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio