Errol O'Neill has worked since the early 1970s as an actor, writer, director, dramaturg and producer, specialising in the creation of new work for the theatre. He was an actor, then resident writer-director with the Brisbane-based Popular Theatre Troupe (1977-82), where he performed in, wrote and directed many political satires which toured throughout Queensland and nationally.
He has performed countless times for La Boite, QTC, and many other Qld companies, and has appeared interstate for Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of SA, Riverina Theatre Company and WA's Black Swan.
He has written many plays on aspects of Queensland and Australian history, which have been produced by La Boite, QTC, and other theatres in Brisbane and interstate:
Faces in the Street - a play about the 1912 Brisbane general strike. La Boite, 1983. University College production, 1988. Villanova Players, 2000.
Popular Front - a play about the 1930s and 40s and Australia’s only elected Communist MP (Fred Paterson). La Boite, 1986. TheatreWorks (Melbourne), 1987. Brisbane Theatre Company, 1989.
On the Whipping Side - a play about the 1891 shearer strike. QTC, 1991.
The Hope of the World - a play about trade unions and the moral dilemmas of the left during the Bjelke-Petersen era. QTC, 1996. Newcastle Rep, 1999.
The Mayne Inheritance - a play -- produced by La Boite 2004.
Errol has credits in writing for radio, and many as an actor for radio, film, television and video. He has published many short stories, written chapters and articles for various books and journals on aspects of theatre and society, and been a guest lecturer in tertiary drama courses.
From 1984 to 1987 he was a member of the Australia Council, and served on Literature Board grant committees in 1990 and 1999. He is a committee member of the Qld branch of the Australian Writers Guild, and the Qld representative on the AWG`s National Stage Committee. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to the arts and to the entertainment industry, and was also a recipient of the Playlab Award for services to new work in Queensland.
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