Tommy Murphy (born 1979) is an Australian playwright and screen writer. His plays are known for their humour and buoyant theatricality.He was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, the seventh of eight children in a Catholic family. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director's course). He was a resident writer at Griffin Theatre Company 2004-06, for which he wrote Strangers in Between and Holding the Man. Both plays are published by Currency Press, in one volume. Strangers in Between won the national 2006 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play, and Holding the Man won the same Award in 2007. Murphy is the youngest recipient of the award, and the only playwright to win in successive years.Holding the Man opened in London's West End for a limited season from 23 April to 3 July 2010. Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes were joined by new cast members Jane Turner, Kath from TV's Kath & Kim, and Simon Burke. David Berthold directed and Brian Thomson designed. The Trafalgar Studios season was produced by Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh. Murphy is currently developing a screenplay for Holding the Man with Goalpost Pictures, producers of The Sapphires. Saturn's Return was commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company co-artistic directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett for STC's Wharf 2 season 2008. In 2009 it transferred to the STC main stage. Saturn's Return is published by Currency Press. He was writer-in-residence at Belvoir 2011-2012.Murphy is the recipient of a Centenary Medal and the British Council Realise Your Dream Award. In 2007, he had the title of honorary associate conferred by the Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney. He also sat on the board of directors of the Australian Theatre for Young People 2005-2010.Murphy's latest play, Gwen in Purgatory, was co-produced by Belvoir (Theatre Company) and La Boite Theatre and directed by Neil Armfield in 2010. The cast for this premiere production were Nathaniel Dean, Grant Dodwell, Sue Ingleton, Melissa Jaffer and Pacharo Mzembe. This play is also published by Currency Press.Murphy's screen credits include teleplays for Offspring, Spirited, and Matchbox's upcoming Foxtel mini-series Return to the Devil's Playground. Murphy is represented by Cameron Creswell Agency in Australia and Curtis Brown in the UK.He is openly gay.