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Christopher Harley is a Sydney-based writer and composer. His songs have been recorded and performed across Australia by Australia's leading performers at events such as The Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Light the Night. His first musical, In a Pink Tutu, earned him a CONDA award for Best Musical Score and has been produced by NIDA in 2013 and at the inaugural 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival. Other musicals include Ready or Not and Brickwalls and Waterfalls. His sound design credits include The Pillowman and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stooged Theatre), Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe Shakespeare Centre Australia), As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (Tantrum Theatre), Love's Triumph (Newcastle Theatre Company) and Woyzeck (The University of Newcastle). Christopher also composed the scores for short films Animal Love and Love, It Reaches Past Everything. In 2005, Christopher won the National Shakespeare Festival for his othello-inspired work for solo cello and string orchestra, This Mortal House, and was later performed by Trish O'Brien (former principal cellist of the SSO) and the Chamber Strings of Toowoomba.
As a playwright, Christopher's play Birdcage was performed as part of ATYP’s Out of Place and was subsequently published by Currency Press. In 2013, his full-length play Blood Bank has been presented by both Stooged Theatre and Ensemble Theatre, and his short play The Tortoise, The Fox, The Place Where It Begins was presented by Griffin Theatre as part of their 24-hour Play Project in their annual Festival of Writing. This play will be developed into a full-length play alongside Tamarama Rock Surfers as part of their 2014 Summer Camp residency. Christopher's first full-length play The Kimono-Wearing Queen was professionally workshopped and presented by Queensland Theatre Company after he won their Young Playwrights’ Program Award. Also in 2012, How Was Work?, a short film, won him first place in ATYP’s national writing competition ‘Love Bytes’, earning him a place at the National Writer’s Studio. Christopher’s short plays (.22, The 90-Second Party and Box) have been performed at festivals across Australia.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) (Honours - Class I) from the Sydney Conservatorium of music.