Tom Murray


Tom Murray is a Hills Road Alumnus who studied English Literature, History Rights, Race and Revolutions and Drama & Theatre from 2016 to 2018. In October 2023, Tom was appointed Shaffer playwright-in-residence at Trinity College Cambridge.

Tom Murray becomes new Shaffer playwright-in-residence

After leaving Hills in 2018, Tom went on to study History at Durham University, where he would graduate in 2021. The following year he completed a MA in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, in London.

In October 2023, Tom’s play ‘North Star’ was selected from more than 2,000 entries to be part of the RSC’s 37 Plays. This competition will mark the conclusion of a year-long search to discover exciting modern voices to honour the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first time his plays were brought together in one book.

‘North Star’ is a play based on the real events surrounding Nazi Deputy leader, Rudolf Hess when he flew his plane to Scotland in 1941 to bring an end to the war. Tom’s play was shown in Norwich Theatre.

Following this incredible achievement, Tom was appointed Shaffer playwright-in-residence at Trinity College Cambridge.

The Peter Shaffer playwright-in-residence was established in 2022 in memory of the dramatist Sir Peter Shaffer (1926-2016), whose notable works include ‘Equus’ and ‘Amadeus’.

The two things happened within about a week of each other and I remember being completely knocked off my feet. I was giddy, elated and a little bit mystified. I have the freedom now to write without burden, guilt, or restraint, in a way I couldn’t have dreamed of a year ago. I feel so lucky to have been given such a wonderful opportunity. To have received this sort of recognition so early on is very special and can’t be taken for granted. I’m intensely conscious of how indebted I am to all those who have supported my decision to do theatre - including the wonderful staff at Hills, who saw potential in me and gave me so much encouragement whilst I was there. There are so many talented people out there who don’t get to be that fortunate.

Tom Murray

Tom was in a league of his own as a drama student at Hills. He was in every show going as well as writing and performing in his own work. Tom is hugely witty, clever and driven but utterly charming and unassuming with it. I am absolutely delighted that he is having this fantastic success and recognition. It is richly deserved!

Richard Fredman, Head of Performing Arts