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Gwen is 90. She woke up this morning to
discover that purgatory is sitting alone in a new house in a new
subdivision on the edge of town, trying to work out if the remote in her
hand operates the TV, the air-con or the fanforced oven. But the kids
are coming round and Father Ezekiel is on his way to bless the house, so
the beginning of the end is looking up...
Written specially for Company B,
Gwen in Purgatory is Tommy
Murphy’s brilliant existential comedy about an African missionary in the
wilderness of Australian suburbia. Gwen’s brood of ordinary souls is
battling along in a changing world and wringing out the last drops of
their matriarch’s faith.
Between them they may just find their way to some sort of forgiveness.
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TOMMY MURPHY was born in 1979 in Queanbeyan, the seventh of eight children. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director’s course) and the University of Sydney where he was president of Sydney University Dramatic Society.
He was winner of the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights’ Award and the ACT Young Writers’ Award for his first play,
For God, Queen and Country. His second play
Troy’s House has been performed in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
Strangers in Between and
Holding the Man were commissioned, developed and premiered by the Griffin Theatre Company where Tommy was in residence.
Strangers in Between won the 2006 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play.
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