John Doyle is one of Australia’s finest writers for stage and screen. His work spans the theatrical success of The Pig Iron People for the Sydney Theatre Company to the small screen acclaim of series such as Marking Time and Changi for the ABC. Vere (Faith) John’s second play was produced as a co-production between the Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia for the 2013/2014 season.
John started life as a jobbing actor in 1980 appearing in productions with the Hunter Valley Theatre, the Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre of South Australia before creating the character of Roy Slaven in 1985, for ABC radio Triple J. Since 1986, Roy has appeared alongside HG Nelson on various television series including Club Buggery, The Channel Nine Show, Win Roy and HG’s Money, The Dream, The Monday Dump, The Ice Dream, The Cream, The Dream In Athens and The Memphis Trousers and on the long running Sunday afternoon radio sports program This Sporting Life on Triple J. Roy and HG recently co-hosted The Life and The Sporting Probe on the Triple M radio network.
John has been honoured by the Australian Writers Guild for comedy on eight occasions and for both his mini-series, Changi and Marking Time. Club Buggery won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Comedy; The Dream, a Logie for Most Popular Comedy; and Changi, the Logie for Most Outstanding Drama. Marking Time received a 2004 Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Mini-series/Telemovie, a 2004 AFI Award for Best Screenplay in Television and the 2004 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Script Writing. John also received a 2004 Logie nomination for The Cream for Most Popular Sports Program and a 2005 Logie nomination for Most Popular Sports Program for The Dream In Athens.
In 2006, John joined Dr Tim Flannery for the documentary Two Men In A Tinnie which explored the degradation of the Murray Darling River system. Two Men In A Tinniewon the 2006 SPAA Award for Best Documentary. In 2008, he joined again with Dr Tim Flannery in Two in the Top End which was nominated for Most Outstanding Factual Program at the 2009 Logie Awards. In 2012, John and Tim explored the Great Dividing Range in their third documentary series, Two on the Great Divide.
In 2010, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to entertainment and as a supporter of charitable organisations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund in Australia.
John most recently co-hosted Just Short of a Length with Roy and H.G on Macquarie Sports Radio.