John Doyle i(9 works by)
Also writes as: Roy Slaven
Born: Established: 1953 ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

John Doyle graduated from Newcastle Teachers College in 1973 and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Newcastle in 1978. He has worked extensively in radio and televsion, in drama and comedy, as both performer and writer. Doyle is well-known for his partnership with Greg Pickhaver and the creation of their humorous characters 'Rampaging' Roy Slaven and H. G. Nelson.

Personal Awards

2010 Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For service to the media as a presenter and entertainer, and as a supporter of a range of charitable organisations, particularly the United Nations Children's Fund in Australia.

Awards for Works

Vere (Faith) , 2013 single work drama

'For his much anticipated new play, playwright John Doyle (The Pig Iron People) offers a powerful meditation on science, spirituality and human frailty.

'Paul Blackwell (When the Rain Stops Falling, Tartuffe, The Ham Funeral) returns to STC as Vere, a physicist at the peak of his career and still enthusing infectiously about his subject. Out of the blue he is given a shattering prognosis and must rapidly reconcile his professional ambitions and personal relationships with the certainty of his own mortality.

'One of the great debates of our times, God versus science, is played out with Doyle's typical charisma and cheek. The play is brimming with intellectual engagement, gallows humour and wise, witty footnotes to culture.

'Director Sarah Goodes (The Splinter) makes her Drama Theatre debut with this thoughtful and topical new Australian work.' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 finalist Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
Marking Time , 2003 single work film/TV
2004 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Telefeature or Mini-Series
2004 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay (Television)
2004 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
2004 winner AWGIE Awards Television Award Mini-Series (Original)
Changi , 2001 series - publisher film/TV war literature

'A six-part miniseries which follows six young Australians who go to war, full of confidence and bravado. They land in Singapore in 1942, just in time for surrender. With 15,000 others, they are marched off to Changi prison camp. Together, the six boys survive three and a half years of incarceration. Along the way they see many mates disappear to various work camps and while Gordon loses a toe, Curley nearly his mind, Eddie his faith, Bill his ability to trust, David his memory and Tom his soul, they never lose their central dependence on each other. Almost sixty years later, the six prepare to get together for what may be their last hurrah.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 17/3/2014)

2002 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
2001 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series
2001 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay in Television