I was born in Perth and completed my BA at Sydney University. After pioneering experimental theatre in Australia I moved to London in the 70s where I explored performance art and worked as an arts administrator. I returned to Australia and worked for ten years as a freelance playwright, nine of my plays being staged professionally. I then entered academe to teach creative writing here and Australian Studies in the US, achieving tenure and a doctorate.
Most of my plays are dramas, including my best known, A Manual of Trench Warfare, set in Gallipoli and The Harding Women, about women emerging from under the power of a patriarch. The past looms large in my work, and I have examined war, teenage angst, the Outsider, family hierarchies and the criminal underworld in The Last Nightclub.