DRAMA & THEATRE

David Keith Williamson
Australia Crest

Playwright born in Melbourne on 24th February, 1942. His father was a bank clerk and his mother was a saleswoman at Myers.

He studied mechanical engineering and psychology and before taking to writing full-time he lectured at Swinburne Technical College.

Williamson's first full length play was The Coming Of Stork which had its premiere at the La Mama Theatre, Carlton, in 1970.

His first commercial success as a playwright was The Removalists in 1972 which won an Australian Awgie Award and co-won the British theatre's George Devine Award.

His other popular stage plays include Don's Party (1973), The Department (1975), The Club (1977), Travelling North (1980), Emerald City (1987) and Money And Friends (1991), and many more.

Many of his works have been made into movies eg Stork and Travelling North starring Graham Kennedy and Leo McKern (Rumpole). He also wrote the screenplays for Gallipoli, The Year Of Living Dangerously, Phar Lap and Eliza Fraser.

David was made AO in 1983.

In 1998, he was named as one of Australia's 100 Living National Treasures by the National Trust.

Until recently he lived near Sydney at Pearl Beach but has since relocated to near Noosa in south east Queensland.

He is considered by most as Australia's foremost playwright.

His latest work Corporate Vibes opened at Sydney Opera House on 30th January, 1999.

Having done many television scripts in the past, David and his wife Kristin are currently working on a mini-series for the ABC entitled Dogs Head Bay.


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