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Richard Tulloch Richard Tulloch i(A25271 works by) (a.k.a. Richard George Tulloch)
Also writes as: Mixy
Born: Established: 1949 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Storyteller, writer and director, Richard Tulloch is the son of Ian and Cecily (nee Dean) Tulloch. He studied law and education in Melbourne before living for two years in Europe where he began writing plays. Returning to Australia, he worked as an actor, associate director of the National Theatre Company, and writer in Perth before moving to Sydney. He was artistic director of the Toe Truck Theatre, Sydney, which performed for children. In addition to his many picture books and novels for children he has written plays and adaptations of other writers' works, and the screenplay for the animated feature Fern Gully II: The Magical Rescue. He was a co-creator of the popular children's television programme, Bananas in Pyjamas and has written episodes of Playschool and The Magic Mountain. He is popular as a storyteller and has performed in theatres and festivals, in Australian schools and in over 30 international schools around the world. In 2004 he was appointed the first May Gibbs Fellow of the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law & Theology at Flinders University.

In a statement for Contemporary Authors Online (Gale database), Tulloch said, 'I became a writer by accident. During my unemployed time I wrote some short stories for very young children and submitted them to a radio programme called Kindergarten. Most of my stories were rejected but enough were accepted to give me some encouragement. My son, Bram, was then about a year old. I tried in these early stories to see things from his point of view. Things which an adult may take little interest in - a line of ants on the kitchen floor, the garbage a dog has pulled from a bin in the street, a broken mug - could be fascinating for a little boy, and gave me ideas for stories.'

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Awards for Works

The 52-Storey Treehouse 2015 single work drama children's

'They’re back! Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now 52 storeys tall, with yet more fantastic inventions: a watermelon smashing room, a chainsaw-juggling level, a rocket powered carrot launcher, and even a Ninja Snail Training Academy.

'Today is a special day. It’s Andy’s birthday, but Terry has forgotten! To make matters worse Mr Big Nose has mysteriously disappeared, and to top it all off, Jill has fallen into a deep sleep and they just can’t wake her up. So Andy and Terry set off on a crazy adventure tackling a world of startling obstacles including a hungry caterpillar, an angry vegetable kingdom, and a 100 year ninja-snail epic voyage. Will they solve the mysteries and survive the dangers that test even their ingenuity?

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s latest bestseller comes to life on the stage as the team behind the hit adaptations of The 13-Storey Treehouse and The 26-Storey Treehouse return with this imaginative and engaging play. So what are you waiting for?' (Production summary)

2015 winner Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Children
y separately published work icon The 13-Storey Treehouse The 13-Storey Treehouse (The Play) 2013 Kensington : NewSouth Publishing , 2019 6456602 2013 single work drama children's

'Imagine living in a 13-storey treehouse that includes a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that shoots marshmallows into your mouth? Well Andy and Terry are lucky enough to live in one, where they have a series of completely mad adventures.

And today Andy and Terry manage to get their dates all mixed up. They thought that they were going to rehearse their new play, The 13-Storey Treehouse, except they forgot to write it! And to make matters worse, they need to find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys and a giant gorilla!

Despite not having any of these things, they do have a box of costumes and props, some pretty awesome technology and friends to help out!'

Source: NewSouth Publishing.

2013 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Children
Snow on Mars 2011 single work drama children's

'Twelve year-old Waylon wants to be the first man on Mars and he's not afraid to shoot for the stars. But with his family constantly on the move he's falling further behind in his schoolwork, and becoming a NASA astronaut like his hero Andy Thomas seems about as likely as finding snow on Mars.

With help from his family and friends Waylon discovers that although dreams are hard to reach there can be fun and excitement in trying to achieve them. And yes, there is snow on Mars.

... Snow on Mars is an inspiring adventure that blasts off with aerial performers, actors, music and songs, making it perfect for audiences of all ages. ' (Sydney Festival 2011 website)

2012 winner AWGIE Awards Children's Award
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