Justin Fleming


Justin Fleming has been vice-president of the Australian Writers' Guild and a board member of the Australian National Playwrights' Centre. His works have been produced and published in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Poland and France.

Justin's plays include Hammer (Ensemble/Festival of Sydney); The Cobra (Sydney Theatre Company/Melbourne Theatre Company/Wilton Morley Productions, starring Sir Robert Helpmann and Mark Lee), Harold In Italy (Sydney Theatre Company / Teatr Studijni, Lodz, Poland); Burnt Piano (Belvoir Company B Theatre/Melbourne Theatre Company/HB Playwrights Foundation Theater New York, Mainstage Hobart/Dallas Theater Centre/France Australia Theatre, Paris/Centaur Theatre, Montréal/Ensemble Theatre Sydney), Coup d’Etat (Western Canada Theatre/Melbourne Theatre Company), Kangaroo (Square Brackets Theatre) and Junction (NIDA).

Burnt Piano was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award and won the New York New Dramatists’ Exchange Award. Coup D’Etat won the Banff PlayRites Residency, Canada, made the final short-list for the Patrick White Award and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Play. Burnt Piano was selected as the inaugural play for the Australia/Canada exchange between Melbourne Theatre Company and the Centaur Theatre, Montréal. The Department Store won the inaugural Mitch Mathews Award at Parnassus' Den Theatre Company.

As librettist, Justin collaborated on Ripper (with Thos Hodgson/Ensemble Studio), Accidental Miracles (WAAPA/Sydney Theatre Company), The Ninth Wonder (Sydney Theatre Company), the English Tour and London season of Crystal Balls (Compact Opera/Sadler's Wells) and TESS of the D'Urbervilles, (Savoy Theatre, London/UK tour). Justin was also librettist on Satango, with composer Stewart D'Arrietta (Griffin Theatre Co/Riverside Theatres).

Justin has degrees in law from Sydney and Dublin, and a Master of Laws degree from University College London. His history of the common law, Barbarism to Verdict, was published by HarperCollins, with a foreword by John Mortimer. Other publications include The Crest of the Wave (Allen&Unwin), The Vision Splendid and All That Brothers Should Be (Beaver Press), Burnt Piano & Other Plays (Five Islands Press), Hammer (Stockwell), The Cobra (STC Playtext/Five Islands Press), and Coup d'Etat & Other Plays (Xlibris). For ABC Television and Anthony Buckley Films, Justin wrote Part One of the history of cinema, The Celluloid Heroes and was the inaugural Dr Anne Clark Writer-in-Residence at St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview, taking classes in Creative Writing. He has twice been awarded the Nancy Keesing Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, where he wrote The Starry Messenger. His Paris journal was published by Halstead Press in Paris Studio.

In 2006, Justin was Writer-in-Residence at the Dr Robert and Lina Thyll-D�rr Foundation, La Casa Zia Lina, Elba, Italy, where he translated Moliere's Tartuffe (The Hypocrite), in Melbourne Theatre Company's 2008 season, and in 2007, Justin was awarded the Writer's Residency at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon, where he wrote Origin, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company. Justin was awarded the Tasmanian Writers' Centre Residency in 2008, where he wrote His Mother's Voice.

   
BURNT PIANO  
CHILD OF THE DARK SUN  
THE COBRA  
COUP D'ETAT  
THE DEPARTMENT STORE  
HIS MOTHER'S VOICE  
THE HYPOCRITE  
A LAND BEYOND THE RIVER  
MOLIERE'S SCHOOL FOR WIVES  
ORIGIN  
THE STARRY MESSENGER