Nick Enright was a playwright, actor, director, screenwriter, lyricist, translator, adaptor, dramaturge, performer, compare, teacher and dialogue coach and was one of Australia’s most prolific writers. He grew up in Maitland, NSW and was educated at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview and Sydney University. He began working professionally in the theatre for J.C. Williamson at 16. After graduation from University he spent a year as general assistant at the Nimrod Street Theatre. Later he trained at the New York University School of the Arts (MFA 1977) on a grant from the Australia Council. Nick’s body of work includes the plays; ON THE WALLABYDAYLIGHT SAVINGST. JAMES INFIRMARYMONGRELSA PROPERTY OF THE CLANTHE QUARTET FROM RIGOLETTOBLACKROCKGOOD WORKSPLAYGROUNDS,CHASING THE DRAGONSPURBOARD and A POOR STUDENT. With Justin Monjo he adapted Tim Winton’s CLOUDSTREET (Company B/Black Swan), directed by Neil Armfield, which played in all Australian capitals, London, Zurich, Dublin, Washington and New York. His last professional play was A MAN WITH FIVE CHILDREN (Sydney Theatre Company, 2002). For film he wrote LORENZO’S OILwith George Miller [for which they were nominated for Academy and WGA Awards for best Original Screenplay] and BLACKROCK; and for television CORAL ISLANDand the miniseries of COME IN SPINNERBLACKROCK and COME IN SPINNERwere both nominated for AFI awards. With composer Terence Clarke he wrote the musicals THE VENETIAN TWINS and SUMMER RAIN. Other musical collaborations include MIRACLE CITY with Max Lambert, MARY BRYANT with David King, and the book for THE BOY FROM OZGOOD WORKS andCLOUDSTREET won Melbourne Green Room Awards for Best Play. DAYLIGHT SAVINGA PROPERTY OF THE CLANBLACKROCK [screenplay] andCLOUDSTREET all won Writers’ Guild Gold AWGIE awards. Nick was honoured to receive the 1998 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award and he was posthumously awarded the 2003 Variety Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award and the Special Award at the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Nick’s plays continued to be performed nationally and internationally.


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