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Lachlan Philpott

LACHLAN PHILPOTT

  

Nationality:    Australian
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Literary Agent:    Elizabeth Troyeur and Associates Pty Ltd  represented by Elizabeth Troyeur

LacHLAn is a Sydney-based writer, Dramaturg, teacher and director. As a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Residency he spent much of 2012 working with Theatre companies in California, hosted by the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco. LacHLAn writes for Theatre, television and film. His first play Bison has had sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Belfast, London, Melbourne and Sydney. His other plays include Bustown (shortlisted for 2009 Australian Writers Guild Best Play Award), Catapult, Colder {Winner of the R E Ross Trust Award 2007), Due Monday, Silent Disco [Winner Griffin Award for Outstanding New Australian play 2009, Winner GAP Competition Aurora Theatre Co. USA, 2010, winner Best Play Australian Writers Guild Awards 2012, shortlisted Best New Australian Work the Helpmann Awards, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and Best New Australian work Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle Awards, Truck Stop and the Trouble with Harry.He was writer in Residence at Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne in 2006 and Griffin Theatre Company Sydney in 2010.LacHLAn has had six plays published to date and is currently developing the screenplay of Silent Disco funded by Screen Australia. LacHLAn is under commission at Australian Theatre for Young People, Bell Shakespeare, Canberra Youth Theatre, Perth Theatre Company and Brisbane Girls Grammar. LacHLAn was the Literary Associate at the Australian Theatre for Young People between 2008 and 2011 where he directed the FRESH INK emerging writers' program.

Research:    http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/18

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        Air Torture         Bison         Blossom         Bustown         Catapult         Chosen, The         Colder         Due Monday         Ibis         In 3D         Lake Disappointment         Little Emperors         M Rock         Michael Swordfish         Run Rihanna! Run!         Running Under the Sprinkler         Silent Disco         Trouble with Harry, The         Truck Stop         Walter         You Me And Desiree Potato



Air Torture

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Bison

Bison
Delve beneath the surface into the real lives of today's gay men. Teenage Jason is exploring his awakening sexual identity, Tom is travelling the world with his gay guidebook in hand, 30-something Simon is hungry for sex, and 48-year old Richard yearns for the freedom and promiscuity of his youth. Each of them on an endless search to find the right one, the right place, and the right night that is inevitably elusive.

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1st Produced:
Victorian Arts Centre Melbourne     2000

Organisations:
wreckedAllprods

1st Published:
Playlab Press, Australia   

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Genre:
55 mins Gay, one act

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Male:  6            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/work/9138

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Blossom

Synopsis:
In Roman mythology they were the Graces. Aglaea (beauty), Euphrosyne (delight) and Thalia (blossom), three magnificent goddesses who brought with them the assurance of harmony and contentment. Inspiration for artists throughout time, now each of the Graces will provoke our resident playwrights Angus Cerini, Elise Hearst and Lachlan Philpott to respond freely with three dazzling short plays to be presented across Griffin's 2010 season. A taste of three new Griffin voices, each exhilarating play will be seen for just one night only.

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part of Beautiful by Griffin's resident playwrights.

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Griffin Theatre Company

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Genre:
short play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/96428

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Bustown

Bustown
Bustown is a town of outcasts who live a happy existence in abandoned buses until their world is shaken by interference from the outside

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1st Produced:
Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Sydney    

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Contained in: "Bustown and Desiree Din" published by Playlab Press 2010   

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Male:  10            Female:  12            Other:  -

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Catapult

Synopsis:
Explores gay parenting and the layers of response it brings up

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1st Produced:
New Theatre, Newtown, Nsw     22 Jul 2008

Organisations:
New Theatre's New Directions 08 Season

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/75698

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Chosen, The

Chosen, The
The play revolves around Freya Star, a teenage girl who is struggling to find her place in the cut and thrust of The Grove School. She is convinced she is marked in some way, for something special, but those around her doubt her stories and challenge her sense of self. The play is set in a highly imaginative fictional world that addresses the broader concerns, fears and delights of the teenage years in a highly stylized form. Yet, we understand these girls and recognize their motivations and ambitions  we feel for them. The characters are all sympathetic and recognizable  the hero is deeply flawed as the villain is vulnerable. The Chosen also ponders who we are in the grand sweep of the universe  the girls are seeking to understand their place in the cosmos - what it means to be chosen, or not, and our desire to feel special. Freya leads us to see beyond the banality of our everyday lives, to see the Earth as but a very small stage in an expansive cosmic arena. Yet, the play does ultimately affirm that our little lives here on Earth are valuable and precious and that we have the capacity to constantly evolve within them. Freya discovers she doesn't really need saving . . . but this is not Disney. This is contemporary theatre  open and ambiguous. The assumption that we have some privileged position in the universe is challenged by this play but no answers are given, no certainties provided. Freya's questions and fears are fundamentally unresolved

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by Lachlan Philpott, co-written with Brisbane Girls Grammar School students.

1st Produced:
Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Nz     16 Aug 2013

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1st Published:
Playlab Press, Australia   

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Genre:
musical drama

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Male:  3            Female:  17            Other:  Lots of opportunities for doubling

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Colder

Colder
At the age of seven David was taken to Disneyland. He went missing for seven hours and nobody knew what happened to him Now at the age of thirty-three he goes missing again. Are the two events related? Every year approximately thirty thousand people are reported missing in Australia; that's one every 18 minutes. At least 15% of those people are never located. "Colder" explores how we respond to the sudden absence of a loved one. Inspired by the unexplained disappearance of Sydney man Simon Knight in 2005

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1st Produced:
Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst, Nsw     34/2008

Organisations:
2008 Griffin Stablemates

1st Published:
Playlab Press, Australia   

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Genre:
Gay, one act

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/75125

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Due Monday

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Rhona is a primary school teacher who is slowly turning into a bird. what makes matters worse is that nobody believes her

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1st Produced:
Nida Parade Theatre     01 Dec 2003

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Genre:
Surreal comedy drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Ibis

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part of Sydney Ghost Stories

1st Produced:
Old Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo, Nsw     25 Nov 2009

Organisations:
Tamarama Rock Surfers

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Genre:
short play

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/82937

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In 3D

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Under the ubiquitous gaze of the nuns, Claire teaches grade three at a Catholic school. Her job is to open her students' minds to the world and instil faith in a God they can't see. But what does Claire do when a student's compelling insight throws everything she knows into doubt?

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short play

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Lake Disappointment

Lake Disappointment
Kane is one of the worlds biggest movie stars. His body double has been there from the start, sharing more than just looks with his famous counterpart. The body double and Kane are to work on Lake Disappointmentan independent arts film that might see them win prestigious awards and fame.

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written by Lachlan Philpott and Luke Mullins. This one-person play of mirrors and mannerisms explores the strange world of the body double. It makes unique contributions to timeless theatrical concepts of images and representation. Lake Disappointment is an unusual new work about ego, self-fashioning, and illusions.

1st Produced:
National Play Festival in Adelaide     22 Jul 2015

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Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Little Emperors

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1st Produced:
Beckett Theatre, Southbank, VIC     09 Feb 2017

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Malthouse Theatre

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
https://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/126979

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M Rock

M Rock
M.Rock is a magical new play, based on a true story, about the enduring joys of music, dancing and self-discovery. In his distinctive language, Philpott charts the fortunes of 18-year-old Tracy and her grandmother Mabel. Tracy has just finished school, she's bought a round-the-world ticket and is flying way to soak up experience. By contrast, Mabel is stable. She plays piano for The Players, knits for the African appeal and looks after Hilda's cat. When Tracy misses her plane home, Mabel sets off on a quest to find her granddaughter. But what she finds is her inner DJ.

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1st Produced:
National Play Festival, Perth     22 Feb 2013

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Michael Swordfish

Michael Swordfish
'You read about those kids who know they don't belong. They are in some kind of prison until they turn 18, stuck in the backseat of the car between two kids who do belong.' 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.

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1st Produced:
Newington College Drama Theatre, Sydney     18 Jul 2016

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  9            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Run Rihanna! Run!

Run Rihanna! Run!
Triptych  A Trilogy of New Works explores the world of pressure and success. From our youngest moments to our dying day we all encounter pressure in our lives. Pressure to survive, to be strong, to win, to make the right decisions, to forge the right path, to be successful  but what does being successful' even mean? With mental health becoming an increasingly prominent issue for young people, Canberra Youth Theatre has teamed up with three of contemporary theatre's most dynamic writers to explore these questions in ecclectic ways.

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Triptych  A Trilogy of New Works was commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre with the support of ActewAGL and ACT Health.

1st Produced:
C Block Theatre, Gorman House Arts Centre, Canberra     31 Oct 2013

Organisations:
Canberra Youth Theatre

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Genre:
short play

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Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Running Under the Sprinkler

Synopsis:
Explores growing up in the suburbs of Sydney with nowhere to run but under the sprinkler

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1st Produced:
Glen Street Theatre, Frenchs Forest, Nsw     08 Mar 2001

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Genre:
Full Length Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  10            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/7234

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Silent Disco

Silent Disco
Tamara and Jasyn are in love. Tamara is fourteen. Jasyn lives with Aunty and his brother Dane is in prison for dealing. Jasyn wants to take Tamara to the formal, but he hasn't got the cash. In a world of absent mothers and missing fathers, Mrs Petchell battles to keep another year of students out of the ranks of the vanished. the Outsiders is on the syllabus again, but instead of Socs and Greasers, this is the world of Speds and skanks  fuelled by Red Bull and powered by iPods. It can be hard to find your own rhythm when everyone is marching to the beat of a different drum.

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winner of the 2009 Griffin Award. Rights Application to gary@smithandjonesmgt.com.au

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Organisations:
Griffin Theatre Company, atyp and HotHouse Theatre

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/90535

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Trouble with Harry, The

Trouble with Harry, The
A secret. A murder. And a mangy old hen that cock-a-doodles in the morning and sets tongues wagging. The Trouble with Harry, by multi-award winning playwright Lachlan Philpott, rips back the curtains on the case of Eugenia Falleni, the notorious Man-Woman' murderer of 1920s Sydney.

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1st Produced:
Theatreofpluck At The Mac Belfast     01 Nov 2013

Organisations:
Outburst Festival

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/108121

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Truck Stop

Truck Stop
Sam and Kelly live out west. they spend their lives waiting for texts, for boyfriends and those bitches in Year Ten to leave school so they can have somewhere decent to hang. But the longest wait is till the end of school, and waiting can be deadly. Bored one recess and with double maths looming, the girls escape through the hole in the fence. Hang out at the truck stop on the highway at the picnic table with the flies. Read graffiti. Talk about sex, prostitutes, Lady Gaga. When a truck pulls up. their hearts race. the truckie's kind of young. And hot. Sam issues Kelly a dar. . .

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1st Produced:
Q Theatre, Penrith, Sydney     23 May 2012

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Walter

Synopsis:
Gloria has been single for a long time. Then Walter walks into her life. He's perfect, apart from one furry thing.

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One city, 50 writers, 50 plays, 25,000 words. In celebration of our 50th anniversary, we invited fifty emergent playwrights to work with us over the course of our birthday year. the worldwide search for the Traverse Fifty started last September with a challenge to write a 500-word Play for Edinburgh. Of the 630 applications, we selected the most urgent voices to form our Traverse Fifty. In January, these 50 plays were premiered all together, in one epic performance. This August, in the midst of our Festival Fever, we are re-staging these extraordinary plays, over two thrilling nights. This is your chance to see the future.

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Genre:
5 min play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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You Me And Desiree Potato

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1st Produced:
Fairfax Studio, Melbourne, Vic     19 Dec 2007

Organisations:
Short and Sweet 2007 Week 3

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Music:
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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/76092

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