Tobias Manderson-Galvin

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Tobias Manderson-Galvin
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Manderson-Galvin at a British Council promotion, 2014
Born (1984-08-19) 19 August 1984 (age 39)
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne & Swinburne University
Occupation(s)Performer, director, poet, satirist, playwright, dramaturg
Parent(s) Lenore Manderson, Pat Galvin (public servant)
AwardsSt Martins National Playwriting Award 2009; Green Room Award For Contribution to Independent Theatre Melbourne (Co-Recipient)

Tobias Alexander Edward Manderson-Galvin (born 19 August 1984) is an Australian actor, satirist, performance poet, and playwright. He is co founder and CEO/Artistic Director of Melbourne's new writing theatre: MKA: Theatre of New Writing. [1] and UK/Aus company Doppelgangster. [2] [3]



Manderson-Galvin's distinctive theatre runs the gamut from docu-drama to black comedy, vaudeville to hyper-realism making him a notable Australian theatre maker. He's also distinguished by his increasingly large body of work. [4] Manderson-Galvin writes and appears in much of his theatre also directing the majority of it. For inspiration, Manderson-Galvin draws heavily on his training as a ballet dancer, philosophy, sociology, and his Jewish and Irish heritage. He's performed on stages diverse as the Melbourne Theatre Company, [5] Kings Cross Theatre, [6] a carpark, [7] and an old tip. [8]

His writing has appeared in academic publications, poetry anthologies, and briefly for Daily Review. [9]

Public Controversies

On Melbourne Cup Day, 2023, when at a Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses 'Nup to the Cup' event Manderson-Galvin performed a poem that called for racegoers to be murdered. According to The Age Newspaper this attracted a police investigation. Manderson-Galvin stated the poem was satirical and was disbelieving that any one could have thought otherwise. [10] [11]

In December 2011 Manderson-Galvin's stage-thriller 'The Economist' [12] [13] - a play responding to the 2011 Norway attacks - generated controversy in Australia when Manderson-Galvin repeated to media that the killer had cited former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello in his manifesto. Writing for the Age critic John Bailey challenged the reactionary reporting noting that comments like sent shockwaves across the globe andcritics have savaged had been reported before the production had even opened. [14]

Selected stage works

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