Playwright Darren Brealey's writing and producing expertise is beholden in the Fringe theatre arena with thirty theatre productions in his name. Working with Malcolm C. Cooke and Associates on the professional Australian tour of, The Hobbit (1999/2000) was a hallmark in his professional development. He is PRINCE2 certified in Project Management, having supported multiple professional projects in IT, Corporate Telecommunications and the Railway industries comfortable working within budgets of up to AUD$175 Million. As a Playwright, Brealey successfully wrote and produced his first full length play before the age of 25, with New York Broadway choreographer and actor, Matt West as the sole financial supporter.
Brealey is the author of several plays, short film scripts, monologues and short stories. His book, Performing The Goat - A Collection of One Act Plays, was published in June 2006.
No White Mongoose For Wilma was Brealey's 2015 London theatre debut, held at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden in the Black Box Festival; his first step towards his goal of a West End production. Following his London debut, In The Eyes Of My Heart opened at The Lost Theatre, Stockwell as part of the 5-Minute Festival in February 2015.
Brealey first came to public attention in 1996 with his play, The Meeting Place produced in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. It was selected by the Board and Staff of the Melbourne Fringe and Awards Judges, awarding it a Special Recommendation Award. Brealey’s next full-length work, Three Shorts was produced at Melbourne’s Workhouse Theatre. Performing The Goat, containing three one act plays followed in the 1999 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Comfort Zone followed in the 2005 Melbourne Fringe Festival co-written with playwright and friend, Stuart Pursell.
2008 was a busy year with Penniless Penny, a one act play produced by Walking Into Bars played in the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Disturbing Mavis and The Mechanics were produced in Singapore as part of the Short+Sweet Singapore 2008 Festival; Disturbing Mavis winning the People’s Choice Award in the Top 30 Week 1 section. Spring was produced in Malaysia as part of the Short+Sweet Malaysia 2008 Festival. In September, Shattered Reflection opened at the Guild Theatre as part of the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Separating The Dust, a poignant and controversial 45-minute one act play competed in the Victorian Drama League One Act Play 2010 Festivals causing the play to be banned from two festivals, receiving three radio interviews (one with Fiona Banks on ABC Country Radio), three front page news articles, a swag of nominations at most festivals and winning two awards; Best Production at the 16th Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival and Best Male Actor at the Anglesea One Act Play Festival. The Manager of Arts and Recreation at the Macedon Ranges Shire Council invited us to perform in front of the Shorter+Sweeter 2010 Australian National Tour at the Kyneton Town Hall (the Kyneton One Act Play Festival committee had previously banned our play in their festival). The Adjudicator at the Foster One Act Play Festival ostracised the production and participants, stating “this sort of play should not be performed in this sort of festival”. We made a splash.
Writing and Producing is Brealey's creative outlet; the creative arts is his world and life long passion. As a Producer, Brealey is experienced in allowing the creative process to take its natural course as he supports an arts project in preproduction, production, and post production. His greatest success was the leap up, working in small Fringe pubs to a professional theatre with Shattered Reflection, and breaking even on the budget.
Name: Darren Brealey
Occupation: Playwright and Theatrical Producer