David Megarrity

David Megarrity

David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image.

Recipient of a Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 1998, his performance inventions include Backseat Drivers (Queensland Theatre’s first overseas tour), Ukulele Mekulele (La Boite), Show (QTC), The Empty City and Bear with Me (Metro Arts)

His works have played at the Sydney Opera House, around Australia and abroad. Publications include plays for young people such as Gate 38 (Australianplays) and anthology Destinations (Playlab). He’s been finalist in the George Landen Dann Award (2000), Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship (2012), and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2016).

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David’s picture book The Empty City (Hachette) was selected by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as a Picture Book of the Year ‘Notable Book’ (2008). His stage adaptation was a finalist in the 2012/3 Queensland Theatre Company’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) and premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013.  David won the QPDA in 2018 for his play The Holidays, which will open in July 2020 at Queensland Theatre.

Having played in many bands and composed songs and soundtracks for stage, screen and radio David has released 13 albums of original music in various audio incarnations. Recent music-driven performances include faux folk duo Warmwaters and Tyrone and Lesley who performed Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot at the 2019 Brisbane Festival. Their album Optimism was dubbed Ukulele Record of the Year.

David’s short film collaborations won a number of awards and nominations, including Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival 2000.

Full time artist and part-time Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, he received the 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Innovative and Creative Practice) his PhD was focussed on Composed Theatre.

‘as close as Brisbane has to a Renaissance Man’ Rave Magazine