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Tim Minchin scores honorary doctorate


Musical funny-man Tim Minchin has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Western Australia.

Earlier tonight, Minchin joined 225 graduates receiving their degrees in historic Winthrop Hall.

He delivered an address to graduands and was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters for his contribution to the arts.

Minchin took time out from his schedule of performing, composing and writing a new stage musical to return to Perth before starting work on a musical feature film for DreamWorks Animation.

London-based Minchin was born in Perth and educated at Christ Church Grammar School before attending UWA, where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre.

In 1997 he was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 1998 with an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music.

His career as a composer started at Christ Church’s Midnite Youth Theatre Company and he worked with Perth’s WA Youth Theatre Company and UWA’s University Dramatic Society.

Minchin has won worldwide acclaim as a composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and writer with four live comedy albums and five DVDs.

His musical Matilda won a record seven Olivier Awards – British theatre’s most sought-after awards. Matilda is now running in New York and London.

He teamed with fellow UWA alumnus, author, artist and film-maker Shaun Tan to narrate The Lost Thing, which won the 2011 Oscar for best animated short film, and wrote the animated poem Storm which premiered in London in 2010 and recorded more than two million hits on YouTube the next year.

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