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Justin Fleming Justin Fleming i(A24148 works by)
Born: Established: 1953 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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  • Justin Fleming is also the author of The Vision Splendid (the history of an Australian law firm) and school histories. He has written for film and television and has been the lyricist for a number of composers, in particular Stephen Edwards. Fleming sat on the board of the Australian National Playwrights Conference 1988-90.

Personal Awards

2020 shortlisted Silver Gull Play Award for 'The Scream'.
2015 runner-up The Lysicrates Prize for The Savvy Women

Awards for Works

Whiteley 2019 single work musical theatre opera

'Artist. Rebel. Icon.

'He burst onto the international art scene, all golden curls and bravado. He was dynamic, damaged, a big idea and a bold brush. With the vivacious Wendy on his arm, Brett Whiteley was magnetic.

'He abhorred straight lines, adored drugs, alcohol, women. He worked in vivid colour and ravishing curves. Heroin was both muse and merciless master. Out of this tumultuous life spilled a messy array of brilliant artworks and astonishing self-reflection.

'In 2019, this Australian icon meets two of Australia’s greatest artists in a brand new work for the Australian stage: Whiteley, by Elena Kats-Chernin and Justin Fleming.

'Kats-Chernin is peerless among contemporary composers, celebrated for her enormous output and music that bursts with colour, life and tenderness. Fleming is a respected playwright and librettist whose work is renowned for its warmth, wit and poignancy.

'Together they’ve created an opera to honour the life and work of a man who could not extricate his talent from his demons.

'Production designer Dan Potra’s technology-driven set is an immersive world created from Whiteley’s most famous paintings. Experience the works of a modern master on moving, larger-than-life screens.' (Production summary)

2020 nominated AWGIE Awards Music Theatre
Coup d'Etat 2003 single work drama
2004 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2003 shortlisted Patrick White Playwrights' Award
The Department Store 2003 single work drama
2005 inaugural winner Mitch Mathews Award
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