Tom Holloway

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Tom Holloway is an Australian playwright, based in Melbourne as of May 2015.


Holloway's plays have been performed across Australia and internationally, including Beyond the Neck at Belvoir St Theatre (2007), Red Sky Morning at Red Stitch Actors Theatre (2008-9) and regional tour, and Don't Say The Words (2009). And No More Shall We Part (2011) was performed by Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney [1] and London's Hampstead Theatre (2012). [2] His stage adaptation of Colin Thiele's Storm Boy premiered in Sydney in 2013. [3] [4]

In February 2011, his play Fatherland received its debut at the Gate Theatre in London. [5]


After attending University in Tasmania, Holloway studied playwriting at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2001, as well as at London's Royal Court Theatre International Playwriting Studio in 2006. [6]



Holloway has likened aspects of his work to postdramatic theatre. On Love Me Tender, he said: "There's been a big push away from story the last ten years in this movement called ‘post-dramatic theatre'. They're very fragmented and experimental, these plays... I'm taking what I love about those plays and feeding narrative back into it.". [7]


Beyond the Neck received a 2008 AWGIE Award for Best Stage Play. [8]

Red Sky Morning was awarded an R. E. Ross Trust Script Award and a Green Room Award for Best New Play. [9]

In 2010, And No More Shall We Part received the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama. [10] and the 2010 AWGIE Award for Best Stage Play. [11]

In 2011 his play Faces Look Ugly won the Max Afford Award.

He was shortlisted for the 2011 AWGIE, the 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Award, the 2011 WA Premier's Literary Award and the 2008 and 2009 Patrick White Awards.

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  2. And No More Shall We Part. Hampstead Theatre, 12 January 2012
  3. "Storm Boy" at Cultural Atlas of Australia. Accessed 30 May 2015
  4. McCallum, John Storm Boy's flight of nostalgia. The Australian , 16 August 2013. Accessed 30 May 2015
  5. Gardner, Lyn Fatherland—review. The Guardian , 23 February 2011. Accessed 30 May 2015
  6. "Tom Holloway". – The Playwrights Database. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  7. at Archived June 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. AWGIE Stage Award. At
  9. Norris, Adam And No More Shall We Part @ The Stables at M/C Reviews, 5 July [2011]
  10. Victorian Premier's Literary Awards at
  11. Comedy Writing Shines At The 2010 AWGIES at Australian Writers’ Guild. Accessed 30 May 2015