Portrait of Tommy Murphy

Tommy Murphy

Tommy Murphy is the screenwriter and associate producer for the feature film of Holding the Man. His stage adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s much-loved tragic romance memoir, has had productions every year since its premiere, including Melbourne (MTC), Sydney (Griffin, Belvoir, Sydney Opera House), Brisbane (Brisbane Powerhouse, La Boite), Adelaide (STCSA), Auckland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London’s West End.

Holding the Man has won the Australian Writers’ Guild Award AWGIE, Philip Parsons Award, AussieTheatre.com People’s Choice, NSW Premier’s Award, ACON Arts and Media Community Award.

Tommy’s adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding formed part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Other plays include Troy’s House, Strangers in Between (NSW Premier’s Literary Award Winner) and Gwen in Purgatory (WA Premier’s Award for Best Play, The Richard Burton Prize).

His screen credits include the upcoming Matchbox/Foxtel mini-series Devil’s Playground, as well as several series television episodes.

Murphy is a graduate of NIDA (director’s course) and has been writer-in-residence at Griffin and Belvoir where he adapted Peter Pan, which transferred to Broadway last year. He is currently writing for a new Foxtel mini-series called Secret City, which will go into production in 2015, as well as plays for Black Swan Theatre Company and for Belvoir.