John Romeril

Thursday, 11 June 2015
Published in Reading Australia

John Romeril (1945–) is a contemporary Australian playwright. He was born in Melbourne and attended Monash University, during which time he wrote his first plays, I Don't Know Who To Feel Sorry For (1969) and Chicago, Chicago (1970). He went on to become a founding member of the Australian Performing Group and he has written over forty works, including scripts for film and television. He has won numerous awards, including the Canada-Australia Literary Award in 1976, the Victorian Government Drama Fellowship in 1988 and the Asialink Playwrighting Competition in 2004. In 2008 he won the Patrick White Award for creative services to Australian literature.

Romeril by Jessie Boylan smallerJohn Romeril (photograph by Jessie Boylan)

Reading Australia

Susan Lever has written about The Floating World (1975) as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read her essay.

Further reading and links

Reading Australia teaching resources: The Floating World (1975)

James Waites reviews Hamlet and The Floating World in the November 2013 issue of ABR

Pram factory interview with Bruce Spence who played Les Harding in the 1974 production of The Floating World

Griffin Theatre Company's 2013 production of The Floating World

YouTube videos made for Griffin Theatre Company's 2013 production

Humour Cannot Hide Horror of an Old World’. Steven Dow, Sydney Morning Herald, September 16, 2013 

The Floating World’. Simon Blnns, Time Out Sydney, October 4, 2013

Review: The Floating World, Griffin Theatre, Sydney’. Regina Botros, Crikey, October 17, 2013

Margaret Throsby interviews John Romeril, Radio National, October 14, 2013

Published in Reading Australia