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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

Little Emperors 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
Michael Swordfish 2017 single work drama

'What would happen if someone you knew disappeared? How would you react? How would your school react? An assembly called, a footy game postponed, a class interrupted. But who is Michael Swordfish? And who knows where he’s gone?

'For two years award-winning playwright Lachlan Philpott collaborated with students from Newington College, Sydney, to bring their voices and worlds to life. Michael Swordfish is the exciting product of this collaboration: a play that traverses the tumultuous landscape of the teenage experience with a sober truth and darkly comic voice.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Currency Press).

2017 nominated AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award
Lake Disappointment 2016 single work drama

'Kane and I were both rising stars. I was rising to the top of the hand-modelling world and Kane was doing his plays. Kane got his first action film and I became his double. We clicked. Everyone said so. It’s there on screen.

Kane is now one of the world’s hottest movie stars. His body double has been there from the start sharing more than just looks with his famous counterpart. But just how intertwined are their lives?

'In Lake Disappointment, the body double (played by Luke Mullins) is devoted to his star counter Kane. Their last film Briefcase Bomb was such a hit that they are moving out of art-house film into more mainstream blockbusters. Before they head to Paris to shoot the biggest budget action film of all time, they are to work on Lake Disappointment - an obscure small budget film with a shoot in a remote mountain town. The double is sent to the set of Lake Disappointment early to save Kane time. On arriving the double notices that there is something peculiar about this town with its silvery lake.

'The film’s content and ambition also confuse the body double. Kane’s character spends a huge amount of time searching for a lake but can never actually find it. On set the body double makes friends with Kane’s strange co-star Linda Hunt. Linda plays the guest house owner in the film but also seems to be doing that job in real life. Linda asks the double questions which provoke him to start looking at this world and himself in a very different way. Kane’s arrival keeps being postponed. The shoot becomes increasingly difficult for the double. Worryingly, whenever he finds himself near water…. he starts having thoughts.' (Production summary)

2016 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
2016 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Direction of a Mainstage Production
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