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Lachlan Philpott began writing plays while studying directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. His first play, 'Bison', was a hit at the Midsumma Festival in 2000 and established his ongoing collaboration with director Alyson Campbell. Lachlan has since completed the NIDA Playwrights' Studio. He has worked widely in youth theatre and was the Artistic Director of Tantrum Theatre in Newcastle. He is currently writer in residence at Red Stitch Theatre Melbourne. (Source: Australian Script Centre website)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships I will work with artists at the Traverse Theatre in my first international play development.
2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers 14-15 Writing for performance
2014 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to travel to Edinburgh to take part in a two week development of his new play Walter at The Traverse Theatre.

Awards for Works

M Rock 2013 single work drama 'When her husband dies, Mabel has to choose between a characterless retirement home or escaping to see the world. But every life has its secrets, and Mabel's unexpected talent as a DJ soon makes her a global phenomenon. M Rock is the tale of an ordinary Australian granny who becomes an extraordinary star.' (Source: )
2015 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Theatre For Young People Award
The Trouble with Harry 2012 single work drama

'The Trouble with Harry', the story of Eugenia Falleni, the notorious 'ManWoman' of Sydney in the early 1900's, is a thrilling new play by award winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott [Colder/ 'Silent Disco']. Falleni enjoys a unique place in Sydney’s bawdy history and her story continues to fascinate. An Italian immigrant, Falleni lived much of her life as a man - Harry Crawford - and served time in prison for the murder of her own wife. Developed as part of the PlayWriting Australia National Script Workshop, this work takes an idiosyncratic look at the Falleni story, questions versions of this history and looks at contemporary debates and assumptions surrounding gender.' (Source:

2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Western Australian Emerging Writers Award
2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
Bustown Bustown [and] Desiree Din and The Red Forest , 2009 single work drama young adult

'A place of junked buses, forgotten sideshow prizes and people waiting for The Driver. The people of Bustown live, laugh and lose teeth under the watchful eye of the Punkbirds. It's paradise for most, but Axel and Cressida keep wondering about the otherness. We all have to fly the coop someday...'

Source: ATYP website,
Sighted: 28/09/2009

2010 nominated AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award
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