Chris Thomas (author)

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Chris Thomas is an Australian writer, actor, journalist and broadcaster.

Thomas was born in Perth, Western Australia. He has extensive acting[1][2][3][4][5] and journalistic experience,[6] working for mainstream newspapers, independent publications and as a freelance.[7] He has also worked in media and public relations and as a radio announcer.[8] He is author of the novel Journo's Diary,[9][10] the Doctor Who short story One Step Forward, Two Steps Back[11][12][13][14](published in the collection Short Trips: Defining Patterns[15][16][17][18] and the plays Which One?,[19] Reality Matters,[20] Appetite For Destruction,[21] Who's Your Daddy?,[22] SMS Mess,[23][24][25] The Bonza Land of Oz,[26] Pickles[27] and King Bling,[28] published in SMS Mess and other plays.[29]. In late 2018, Candy Jar Books published Thomas' short story Vampires of the Night as part of its Lethbridge-Stewart range.[30] In 2019, it was published in The HAVOC Files 2 – Special Edition.[31]

Reception[edit]

SMS Mess was described by The Drum Media as a "miniature masterpiece",[32] and was a finalist in Short + Sweeet Brisbane and Melbourne 2009,.[33] Reality Matters was the only Australian entry selected for Blacktown Theatre's 4 Shorts Plus season in 2007.[34]

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back was described by Doctor Who Magazine as "the book's best piece".[35] The Kalgoorlie Miner called Journo's Diary "a great buy for anyone in the media industries in particular but still entertaining enough for those who aren't"[36] with book-blog.com also noting it "will appeal in particular to the younger crowd, and to anyone who's ever worked as a journalist".[37]

Thomas has also received acting awards, including best male supporting actor for his role in The Return[38] and The Peter Kemeny Achievement Award for adapting, co-directing and playing the valet in No Exit.[39]

In September 2011, he announced he was running for South Perth Mayor in the upcoming local government elections on 15 October 2011[40] but lost to the incumbent deputy mayor Sue Doherty.[41]

Thomas is also one of the founders of Groovy Boots Theatre.[42]

Notes[edit]

  1. Fremantle Gazette, 2008.
  2. Fremantle Gazette, 2006.
  3. Western Suburbs Weekly, 2006.
  4. Fremantle Gazette, 2004.
  5. Melville Times, 2008.
  6. Sunday Times, 1996.
  7. The West Australian, 2008.
  8. "Chris Thomas". TAZ Entertainment. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  9. Kalgoorlie Miner, 2008.
  10. book-blog.com, 2004.
  11. The Senior, 2008
  12. Doctor Who Magazine, 2008
  13. Mandurah Coastal Times, 2008
  14. Southern Gazette, 2008.
  15. Sunday Times, 2008
  16. Hills Gazette, 2008
  17. Fremantle Gazette, 2008
  18. Big Finish website, 2008
  19. Subiaco Post, 1994.
  20. Fremantle Gazette, Southern Gazette, The West Australian, 2007
  21. Newsmaker, 2012
  22. Newsmaker, 2012
  23. The West Australian, 2008
  24. X-Press, 2008
  25. WA Today, 2008
  26. Golden Mail, 2008
  27. Newsmaker, 2012
  28. Newsmaker, 2012
  29. Newsmaker, 2012
  30. https://www.gallifreyannewsroom.com/?p=8350
  31. Cockburn Gazette, 2019, 2013
  32. The Drum Media, 2008
  33. http://www.tazentertainment.com.au/Playwrights_byauthor.html, 2008
  34. Fremantle Gazette, Southern Gazette, 2007
  35. Doctor Who Magazine, 2008
  36. Kalgoorlie Miner, 2008
  37. book-blog.com, 2004
  38. Mandurah Coastal Times, 2009
  39. Dramafest 2013, 2013
  40. Southern Gazette, 2011
  41. Western Australian Electoral Commission website, 2011
  42. Groovy Boots Theatre website, 2013

References[edit]

  • O'Brien, Helen. (2008) Play has comical moments/Challenges in store for an average bloke. Fremantle Gazette, 15 January 2008.
  • O'Brien, Helen. (2008) Father, son seek different loves. Melville Times, 15 January 2008.
  • Mason, Fleur (2006), Feline funky with the help of James Brown, Fremantle Gazette, 5 September 2006.
  • (2006), Media man as the Cat, Western Suburbs Weekly, 12 September 2006
  • Cahill, Denise (2004), Recall for one cool cat, Fremantle Gazette, 16 March 2004.
  • Sweeney, Peter. (1996) Elvis is alive - but all shook up. Sunday Times, January 1996.
  • Tomlinson, Laura.(2008) Life as a journalist. Kalgoorlie Miner, 4 January 2008.
  • Hamel, Debra (2004) Journo's Diary - Review. book-blog.com, 30 December 2004.
  • Caccetta, Wendy. (2008) Success a matter of time. The Sunday Times, STM, Perth Confidential, 27 April 2008.
  • Michael, Matt. (2008) Short Trips: Defining Patterns (Review). Doctor Who Magazine, 30 April 2008.
  • Wilkinson, Christian. (2008) Chris has a great time. Hills Gazette, 3 May 2008.
  • Mason, Fleur. (2008) Chris pens Doctor Who tale. Fremantle Gazette, 13 May 2008.
  • (2008) Author enters TARDIS. The Senior, June 2008.
  • (2008) Fresh tales of Dr Who. Mandurah Coastal Times, 18 June 2008.
  • Mason, Fleur. (2008) Time travelling tale is a giant step forward. Southern Gazette, 24 June 2008.
  • Salisbury, Brooke. (2008) It's all an act. The Drum Media, 17 July 2008.
  • (2008) SMS Mess. X-Press, 10 July 2008.
  • Christmass, Pip. (2008) PICA sends an SMS 2 d wrld. The West Australian, 9 July 2008.
  • Pepper, Daile. (2008) SMS Mess at PICA. WA Today (http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainment/sms-mess-at-pica-20080709-3chm.html), 10 July 2008.
  • (1994) World premiere for Playlovers. Subiaco Post, September 1994.
  • Mason, Fleur. (2007) Chris spins with delight. Fremantle Gazette, 2 October 2007.
  • Mason, Fleur. (2007) Surreal matters take honours. Southern Gazette, 16 October 2007.
  • Clarke, Simon. (2007) Stage Whispers. The West Australian, 4 October 2007
  • (2008) Youth deliver Bonza theatre. Golden Mail, 1 February 2008.
  • (2008) Music-maker for the Daleks. The West Australian, Obituaries, 12 May 2008
  • Big Finish website: http://www.bigfinish.com/23-Doctor-Who-Short-Trips--Defining-Patterns[dead link]
  • http://www.journosdiary.biz
  • http://www.tazentertainment.com.au/Playwrights_byauthor.html
  • (2009) Actor juggles work and plays. Victoria Park Examiner, 24 July 2009
  • Tsovleas, Adriana (2009), Reality Matters, Fremantle Gazette, 21 July 2009
  • Tsovleas, Adriana (2009), Reality Matters, Cockburn Gazette, 21 July 2009
  • (2009), Reality really a matter of perception, Kalamunda Reporter, 25 August 2009
  • (2009), Actor shines in short, sharp dose of reality, Canning Times, 21 July 2009
  • Wilkinson, Lucien (2009), Reality bites at PICA, Comment News, 21 July 2009
  • (2009), 15 minutes shows reality matters, Melville Times, 21 July 2009
  • (2009), Short, sharp and slightly surreal, Guardian Express, 28 July 2009
  • (2009), Top drama at school, Comment News, 29 September 2009
  • (2009), Stranger than fiction, Fremantle Gazette, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Stranger than fiction, Cockburn Gazette, 5 May 2009
  • Johns, David (2009), Doc's fight a real swine, Southern Gazette, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Stranger than fiction, Fremantle Gazette, 5 May 2009
  • Mason, Fleur (2009), A Streetcar stops in South Perth, Fremantle Gazette, 23 June 2009
  • (2009), Gripping drama returns to stage, Comment News, 31 March 2009
  • Mason, Fleur (2009), A Streetcar stops in South Perth, Cockburn Gazette, 23 June 2009
  • (2009), A galactic crisis, Kalamunda Reporter, 12 May 2009
  • (2009), Agency help for WA playwrights, Midland Reporter, 16 June 2009
  • (2009), Stranger than fiction, Cockburn Gazette, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Play puts life through text messages on centre stage, Midland Reporter, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Agency help for WA playwrights, Kalamunda Reporter, 16 June 2009
  • (2009), Play puts life through text messages on centre stage, Kalamunda Reporter, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Life is stranger than fiction, Eastern Reporter, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Fact apes fiction in Dr Who tale, Stirling Times, 5 May 2009
  • (2009), Theatre talent joins forces, Hills Gazette, 6 June 2009
  • (2009), Return to play at Fishtrap, Pinjarra Murray Times, 1 April 2009
  • (2009), Agency brings playwrights' work to light, Fremantle Gazette, 9 June 2009
  • (2009), Gem of a play for Old Mill, Comment News, 23 June 2009
  • Shaw, Kimberley (2009), A Streetcar Named Desire - Review, Stage Whispers, Issue 77, 2009
  • (2009), Return to play at Fishtrap, Mandurah Coastal Times, 1 April 2009
  • (2009), Support for emerging writers, Southern Gazette, 9 June 2009
  • (2009), Of pop stars and enigmas..., Kalamunda Echo, 26 December 2009
  • (2011), Three throw hat in ring for South Perth mayoral role (http://inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Three-throw-hat-in-ring-for-South-Perth-mayoral-role/7602316/), Southern Gazette, 13 September 2011
  • (2011), "South Perth Election Council Results" (* (2009), (http://www.waec.wa.gov.au/elections/local_government/election_centre/council_results.php?eID={669062CC-B843-4173-B089-0821CD33F6DE}&cID=South%20Perth), Western Australian Electoral Commission website, October 2011
  • (2012), Let’s do launch: curtain up on book of plays, Newsmaker (http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/19438), 8 September 2012
  • (2013), Dramafest 2013, Independent Theatre Association website (http://www.ita.org.au/dramafest/), 30 September 2013
  • (2013), About Us, Groovy Boots Theatre website (http://www.groovybootstheatre.com/index.php?content_id=2), November 2013
  • (2019), Doctor Who character turns protagonist for local author, Cockburn Gazette, 2 September 2019 (https://www.communitynews.com.au/cockburn-gazette/news/doctor-who-character-turns-protagonist-for-local-author/)


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