'Tom Wright studied English and Australian Studies at Melbourne University 1985-1990. He has worked as an actor and/or director at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, La Mama, Belvoir Street Theatre (Sydney), Anthill, Gilgul, Mene Mene, Bell Shakespeare Company, Chunky Move, the Adelaide Festival and the Melbourne Festival.
He has written on theatre and architecture for The Melbourne Times and the Herald-Sun and has written or co-written a number of plays or adaptations.'
In 2009 Tom Wright was selected as one the Weekend Australian Magazine's ten 'Emerging Leaders' in the 'Culture' category.
Major source: Chunkymove website, www.chunkymove.com Sighted: 12/03/2004
'Australia, 1900. An ancient land becomes the site of an impossible mystery. A group of schoolgirls and their teachers venture out into the sundrenched landscape, only for four of their number to disappear forever.
'The subsequent investigation creates more questions than answers. One of the girls is found with no memory of what happened to her or her classmates, another succumbs to hysteria for no apparent reason. Those close to the missing girls begin to meet with unfortunate ends and it becomes clear that this is no ordinary disappearance.' (Production summary)
'One hundred years ago, in 1914, a bullet from an assassin’s gun in Sarajevo sparked a war that ignited the globe. Patriotic young men all over the world lined up to join the fight – including hundreds of Indigenous Australians.
Shunned and downtrodden in their own country – and in fact banned by their own government from serving in the military – Aboriginal men stepped up to enlist. Undaunted, these bold souls took up arms to defend the free world in its time of greatest need. For them, facing the horror of war on a Gallipoli beach was an escape from the shackles of racism at home, at a time when Aboriginal people stood by, segregated, unable to vote, unable to act as their children were ripped from them. When the survivors came back from the war, there was no heroes’ welcome – just a shrug, and a return to drudgery and oppression.
Black Diggers is the story of these men – a story of honour and sacrifice that has been covered up and almost forgotten.
Directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers is the culmination of painstaking research into the lives and deaths of the thousand or so Indigenous soldiers who fought for the British Commonwealth in World War I.
Grand in scale and scope, it draws from in-depth interviews with the families of black Diggers who heard the call to arms from all over Australia, as well as conversations with veterans, historians and academics. Young men will step from the blank pages of history to share their compelling stories – and after the curtain falls, we will finally remember them.' (Source: QPAC 'What's On', September 2014)
'Troy is a ruin. The men are dead, most of the children are dead and the surviving women are herded behind wire, awaiting transportation or (hopefully) death. Hecuba, their Queen, awaits her uncertain future haunted by memories, visions and prophecies.
'In a series of hallucinogenic episodes she is visited by her mad, blind daughter Cassandra; her grieving daughter-in-law Andromache and the woman who triggered the whole catastrophe, Helen.
'One of the most powerful and compelling anti-war plays ever written, Euripides' tragedy reels with the consequences of destruction.'
Sydney Theatre Company website, http://sydneytheatre.com.au/ Sighted: 25/03/2009