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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)

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers 14-15 Writing for performance
2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships I will work with artists at the Traverse Theatre in my first international play development.
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Leadership development by investigating innovative play development models in USA.

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
Silent Disco 2009 single work drama 'Tamara and Jasyn are in love. Tamara is fourteen. Jasyn lives with Aunty and his brother Dane is in prison for dealing. Jasyn wants to take Tamara to the formal, but he hasn't got the cash.

'In a world of absent mothers and missing fathers, Mrs Petchell battles to keep another year of students out of the ranks of the vanished. The Outsiders is on the syllabus again, but instead of Socs and Greasers, this is the world of Speds and Skanks - fuelled by Red Bull and powered by iPods. It can be hard to find your own rhythm when everyone is marching to the beat of a different drum.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 winner AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2011 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
2009 winner Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting
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