Angela Murphy

Angela Murphy is a Cairns-based playwright and writer. She completed a Master of Letters (Creative Writing) through CQU and the Australian National Playwright’s Centre in 2005. The following year JUTE and Darwin Theatre Companies produced her full-length play, The Boathouse. Drawing on her experiences as a high-school teacher she wrote Survival Instincts which was an award-winner at the Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra Short and Sweet Festivals in 2009-10. In 2011, Angela’s box-office hit What are the Odds? set on Melbourne Cup Day was produced by JUTE, and in 2015 the Company brought her office comedy Stewed to the stage.

Launched in 2020, Angela’s own, Veranda Theatre Co, produced Prospect Terrace and reignited theatre at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre after Covid lockdowns. The work explored relationships between warring siblings, an ageing patriarch, and a dangling inheritance.

In 2021-23, with the support of Arts Queensland, and the FNQ community, she embarked on the journey of interviewing, recording, writing and producing More Than Tea and Scones. This work has become the basis for her podcast of the same name.

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