About the blog: We all love music. I do too. Here you’ll find words, sound and vision about music in performance. And performance in music. You’ll discover all sorts of general topics from songwriting, playwriting, recording to performing, and some more specific coverage of Composed Theatre,creative development, and screen in live performance through my own creative practice, past present and anticipated.
About me, David Megarrity: I’m an artist and academic working out of QUT in Brisbane, Australia. The things I do include playwriting, composition, songwriting, filmmaking, performance, teaching, research and postgraduate supervision.
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Dr David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image.
Recipient of a Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 1998, his performance inventions include Backseat Drivers (QT’s first overseas tour), Ukulele Mekulele (La Boite), Show (QTC), The Empty City and Bear with Me for Metro Arts and Windmill.
His works have played at the Sydney Opera House, around Australia and abroad. Publications include plays for young people such as Gate 38 and anthology Destinations (Playlab). He’s been finalist in the George Landen Dann Award (2000), Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship (2012), Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (2012) and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2016).
Created with Jonathon Oxlade, picture book The Empty City (Hachette) was selected by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as a Picture Book of the Year ‘Notable Book’ (2008). His stage adaptation was a finalist in the 2012 Queensland Theatre Company’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) and premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013.
David won the QPDA in 2018 for his play The Holidays.
Having played in many bands and composed songs and soundtracks for stage, screen and radio David has released 13 albums of original music in various audio incarnations. Recent music-driven performances include faux folk duo Warmwaters, “the surprise hit of the Queensland Cabaret Festival” (Brisbane Times 2014), and Tyrone and Lesley (Twice finalist in the Queensland Music Awards) whose 2017 album Optimism was dubbed Ukulele Record of the Year by Ukulelehunt. David’s short film collaborations won a number of awards and nominations, including Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival 2000.
Full time artist and part-time Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, he received the 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Innovative and Creative Practice), and completed his PhD in 2015.
‘as close as Brisbane has to a Renaissance Man’ Rave Magazine
AWARDS, SELECTIONS AND SHORTLISTINGS
2018 Winner Queensland Premier’s Drama Award
2016 Shortlisted Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Award
Queensland Music Awards, Highly Commended 2016, 2015,2014,2011,2006
2013 Finalist Queensland Music Awards 2012/13
2012 Finalist Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2012/13
Shortlisted Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship
2010 Selected Playlab Showcase Program
2008 QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
Children’s Book Council of Australia: Picture Book of the Year Notable Book
2005 Best Queensland Film Woodford Film Festival
2004 Selected: Australian Centre of the Moving Image Memory Grid’
2003 Winner Brisbane International Film Festival Fast Film Competition
Nomination: APRA Screen Music Awards: Best Music For A Documentary
2001 Finalist Sydney Fringe Film and Video Competition
2000 Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival
Finalist Brisbane International Film Festival Fast Film Competition
Finalist Queensland Theatre Company’s George Landen Dann Award
1999 Best Actor Queensland New Filmmakers Awards
1998 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship
Most Original Script Queensland New Filmmakers Awards
1994 State finalist National Campus Band competition