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Lachlan Philpott Lachlan Philpott i(A101480 works by)
Gender: Male
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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 has been a writer in residence at Red Stitch Theatre Melbourne. (Source: Australian Script Centre website)


Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Theatre: Development Grants Individuals and Groups


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

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Lost Boys 2018 13972015 2018 single work drama

'Silence is not redemption.

'Exploring a shocking chapter in our recent history, Lost Boys is a fierce and compelling new play by award-winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott (Silent Disco, The Trouble with Harry), commissioned and developed by Merrigong.

'Cy and Robert Murphy are teenagers living a life of sun and saltwater, but as the sun sets, a malevolent culture of homophobia and violence surfaces, with consequences that ripple across generations.

'Inspired by real events and told through the eyes of three generations of the Murphy family, Lost Boys rips into a dark part of our male-dominated culture, asking how perpetrators of violent crimes live with their unspeakable pasts.

'Commemorating lives lost, this deeply affecting and potent new work forces us to examine secrets held for decades, and prejudices still held today. Bearing witness to our times, this is vital and unflinching work from a compelling voice in Australian theatre. It’s a story that needs to be told.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
y separately published work icon Promiscuous / Cities 2017 14128118 2017 single work drama
2018 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award Community and Youth Theatre
2016 shortlisted Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting
y separately published work icon Little Emperors 2017 13391388 2017 single work drama

'‘Little Emperor Syndrome’ is a term used to describe the behavioural time-bomb created by China’s One Child Policy. Introduced in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution as a way of curbing population growth, an entire generation was raised without siblings. Pampered, entitled, and bucking against China’s proud tradition of filial piety, the children of the world’s next superpower were born bearing the weight of their parents’ expectations.

'In 2016 China’s One Child Policy officially ended, and to mark the close of an era, we’ve teamed up with award-winning Australian writer Lachlan Philpott and one of Beijing’s most innovative directors, Wang Chong, to explore the stories, secrets and aspirations of the children of a radical political experiment. Set in both Melbourne and Beijing, and weaving between Mandarin and English, this rich and revelatory new play cuts through our assumptions to take us deep into the lives of a generation of secret and only children.'

Source: Malthouse Theatre.

2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
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