Phil has been performing solo cabaret at the piano since 1983 (A Legend in His Own Mind) and has appeared in all major Australian cities including several previous visits to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
As a writer, Phil’s cabaret shows include Newley Discovered (starring Hugh Sheridan, written with Dean Bryant), Pop Princess, Fat Swan and Little Orphan Trashley (all with Trevor Ashley). Last year cabaret artist Phil Scott premiered Reviewing the Situation, a show about Bart’s life which played to rave reviews and was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret. With Jonathan Biggins he wrote a new libretto for Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, produced by South Australian Opera in 2012 and Opera Australia in 2013. He wrote and performed for several ABCTV series including The Gillies Report, Three Men and a Baby Grand, and Good News Week. He has had four novels published in Australia and the US, including One Dead Diva and It’s About Your Friend.
Since 2000 he has co-written and co-starred in the annual political satire The Wharf Revue for the Sydney Theatre Company.
Also a composer, Phil has written film scores and musicals including Safety in Numbers (Q & Ensemble Theatres) and The Republic of Myopia (Sydney Theatre Company). As an actor he has appeared in the films A Few Best Men (dir. Stephan Elliott), Fat Pizza and Houses vs Authority (dir. Paul Fenech). Phil has worked as an actor and/or composer on many shows at Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre, including The Illusion, Love Song, Cloud Nine, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Torch Song Trilogy.
Phil pens a regular column for Sydney’s free paper SX, and reviews classical recordings for Fanfare, Limelight and Cult magazines.