Angela Murphy

Angela Murphy

Angela is a Cairns-based playwright, editor, story writer and trained facilitator. She completed, with High Distinction, a Master of Letters (Creative Writing) through Central Queensland University and the Australian National Playwright’s Centre in 2005. The following year JUTE and Darwin Theatre Companies produced her first, 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. In July 2020, despite the impacts of COVID-19, Angela launched her own Veranda Theatre Co and later that year, produced her new work Prospect Terrace which reignited theatre (after lockdown) at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre.

Angela finds her writing material in the everyday, telling relatable stories using comedy and drama. While her goal is to entertain, she also wants people to leave the theatre thinking about some of the more serious issues she has raised.

Veranda Theatre is currently working on a verbatim theatre project, More Than Tea and Scones, that explores 100 years of the Country Women’s’ Association (CWA). Using the women’s collated stories, this work aims to debunk stereotypes and give real insights into what the CWA achieve in their communities.

Her other writing credits include film scripts, short stories, feature articles and providing professional writing services, workshops, and mentorships throughout North Queensland. More information can be found at. More information can be found at