Justin Fleming


JUSTIN FLEMING has been a Vice-President of The Writers' Guild and a board member of the National Playwrights' Centre. He has written both fiction and non-fiction and his works have been produced and published in UK, Australia, USA, Canada, Belgium, Poland and France. Harold Pinter described Justin as a writer “of authority and distinction.”

Justin's plays include Burnt Piano (HB Playwrights Foundation Theater New York, Belvoir Company B Theatre, Sydney/Melbourne Theatre Company/ Mainstage Hobart/Dallas Theater Centre/France Australia Theatre, Paris/Centaur Theatre, Montréal/Ensemble Theatre Sydney); Hammer (Ensemble Theatre); The Cobra (STC/MTC/Wilton Morley Productions, starring Sir Robert Helpmann and Mark Lee), Harold In Italy Teatr Studijni, Lodz, Poland/(STC ); Coup d'Etat (Western Canada Theatre/MTC), Kangaroo (Square Brackets Theatre), Junction (NIDA) and Tartuffe (The Hypocrite) ( MTC). Burnt Piano won the New York New Dramatists'Award 2000. 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. The Department Store won the inaugural Mitch Mathews Award at Parnassus' Den Theatre Company. Burnt Piano and Coup d'Etat have been translated by Jean-Pierre Richard and published in France and Belgium by Lansman Editeur.

Screenplays include The Shedding (Columbia Tristar), Lord Devil (Anthony Buckley Films) and Nellie (The Melba Foundation).

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

Justin has a Master of Laws degree from University College London, and is a member of the Honourable Society of King's Inns, Dublin. His history of the common law, Barbarism to Verdict, was published by HarperCollins, with a foreword by John Mortimer. Other non-fiction publications include The Crest of the Wave (The History of Waverley College, Allen&Unwin), The Wave Rolls On, The Vision Splendid (the History of Law Firm Carroll & O'Dea) and All That Brothers Should Be (Beaver Press). 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, giving 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 and 2009, Justin was Writer in Residence at the Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr Foundation, La Casa Zia Lina, Elba, Italy, where he translated Moliere's Tartuffe (The Hypocrite), for MTC, and wrote A Land Beyond the River (Phoenix Education) for Storylines Cultural Festival 2009. In 2007, Justin was awarded the Writer's Residency at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon, where he wrote Origin, performed at The Art of Evolution Conference 2009, Courtauld Institute, London, directed by Wayne Harrison. Justin was awarded the Tasmanian Writers' Centre Residency in 2008, where he wrote His Mother's Voice, which was shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Prize and the Edward Albee Masterclass in 2010. In 2011, Justin has been awarded the inaugural Don Bank Writer's Residency, and again, the Bundanon Writer's Cottage, where he will work on two new plays - Dresden, for Richard Wagner's 200th anniversary in 2013; and Cabal, on the perils of gambling, commissioned by Murray Baker.