Getting a closer look in to the brilliant minds behind the works of Maverick Musicals and Plays
In the Limelight – meet Simon Denver, who has the ultimate beginner’s luck story.
The first musical he ever penned in the 1970’s, Man of Steel, with his friend Ian Dorricott, turned out to be the most performed school musical in Australia and New Zealand, and STILL IS. If that’s not enough success for one person, literally every theatre festival he’s entered has awarded his works multiple prizes. He’s got the golden pen, that’s for sure.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Simon’s incredible life. Growing up in an eccentric, creative family and in various countries (England, Malta and Australia to name just a few) and working all over the place as an actor, musician and MC for successful Theatre Restaurants that he wrote, Simon remains one of Australia’s most valued playwriters is still generating plays as diverse in genre as they in content.
With a passion for all things funny, he’s created some absolute rip-snorter, side-splitting comedies over the years. Then, just to be balanced, Simon’s also a real history buff and has written some truly intense dramas based of historical events.
To top it all off, Simon is an acclaimed Director who has a natural penchant for casting actors who are not only naturally suited to their roles, but who create an unconscious yet undeniable chemistry with the rest of their cast. It’s on many an actors’ bucket-list to work with him.
In short, Simon knows how to create theatrical magic from the pen to the stage. And the Arts Queensland Culture Champion award Simon earnt in 2013 is testament to that.
Head to maverickmusicals.com today to check out Simon’s catalogue of work. And remember, you can download 6 complimentary samples every day so get downloading!
Thanks to @travismacfarlane for this photo of Simon Denver