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Musical theatre by Australian writers

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Millar & rutherford


James Millar completed a degree in Writing at The University of Technology in Sydney, and in performance at WAAPA. Since graduating from WAAPA in 2003, his performance credits have included The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom directed by Neil Armfield for Company B Belvoir, Oklahoma for The Production Company, as well as BoybandA Naughty ChristmasNostradamus (in workshop) and Eureka, directed by Gale Edwards. James won the Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Jud Fry in Oklahoma. James is currently playing the role of Miss Trunchbull in the Australian Production of Matilda, for which he won a Helpmann Award. James' work on television includes A Country Practice, Water Rats, Naked: Coral Island and Home And Away. In 2006 James has written extensively for cabaret/revues such as Moments of Breathtaking StupidityThe Story Goes OnPoison SopranoTen Things I Hate About CabaretImpossible Blonde, and Amelia Cormack's Love For Sale which enjoyed four return seasons.


Peter has studied to become a classical singer and composer after completing an Honours degree in music at the University of NSW.

Following immediately with trying out the acting profession by starting an education at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Deciding against the actor's lifestyle, Peter soon realised his faculty and passion lay better in musical direction and arrangement.

Peter has musically directed many cabaret shows most recently doing national tours of Legends, Home Thoughts From Abroad, and Live and Legless with Enda Markey. With Luke Barron, he performed a successful season of their cabaret, Ten Things I Hate About Cabaret by James Millar, at Teatro Vivaldi's in Canberra and the Statement Lounge in Sydney. He also featured in the finals of the 2001 Sydney Cabaret Convention.

Peter is currently working as the Musical Director on Matilda the Musical.

James Millar and Peter Rutherford are perhaps best known for their piece The Hatpin, based on a series of infanticides committed in Sydney by John and Sarah Makin (renamed Agatha and Charles for the show) in 1892, as well as the attempts by single mother Amber Murray to find justice for her son Horace. 

The Hatpin opened at the Seymour Centre in Sydney on 27 February 2008 to critical acclaim. The production starred Peter Cousins, Caroline O'Connor, Michelle Doake, Gemma-Ashley Kaplan, Barry Crocker, and Melle Stewart. A cast album was released in 2008 by Neil Gooding Productions. In 2008, The Hatpin was accepted into the New York Music Theatre Festival  where it played in reduced-format with a US cast at The American Theatre of Actors.

Following the success of The Hatpin, the pair teamed up again for inventive and critically acclaimed song cycle "LoveBites" which received a stream of rave reviews in 2008. Millar appeared as a performer in the production along with Octavia Barron Martin, Tyler Burness and Sarah Croser. Lovebites returned in 2009 where it scored a further 2 Glug nominations and a season at Perth's Playhouse in June/July 2010. The Perth cast again included Millar, with Amelia Cormack, David Harris and Sophia Ragavelas. The Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney mounted a revival starring Adele Parkinson, Kirby Burgess, Tyran Parke and Shaun Rennie.

Their latest piece, A Little Touch of Chaos, was first written for the third year students at WAAPA, and was later workshopped by the Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University as part of their New Musicals development program.