Chris Tugwell

Chris Tugwell is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He was originally a dancer and actor and performed with some of Australia’s most prominent Theatre-in-Education companies, most notably in Magpie’s world premiere season of David Holman’s No Worries in 1984, before turning to writing full-time.

Chris has written more than 50 scripts for film, stage, radio, television, documentary and multimedia. His work has been performed by such companies as Patch Theatre, Urban Myth, Magpie and The Acting Company. His play Seasonally Adjusted (Urban Myth) was a showcase work at the 1987 Come Out Festival, while Runaway (Magpie, 1984) toured regional NSW for twelve months.

Chris was a writer for the highly successful ABC children’s TV series Finders Keepers (1991), directed by Scott Hicks, which continues to screen around the world.

His stage play X Ray, about the plight of Australian David Hicks held in Guantanamo Bay (directed by Geoff Crowhurst), was named the ‘sensation’ of the 2004 Adelaide Fringe and the ‘highlight’ of the 2005 Darwin Festival. A US production opened in November 2005. A radio adaptation, commissioned by the ABC, went to air on Radio National's Airplay in November 2004 and was repeated in the 2005 and 2006 summer seasons. A feature film version is in development.

Chris was awarded the Carclew Fellowship (for writers for young people) at the 1996 Adelaide Festival of Arts.