To date, all but five of Finegan’s 74 produced plays have been written to commission.
These plays have then gone on to enjoy over 250 seasons, in 17 countries, on five continents. Three plays have each notched up 250 performances during their lifetimes, with others nearing this milestone. Altogether, a quarter of a million children and adults have sat in front of a production.
In addition, they have been included as part of 79 major arts festivals worldwide, and programmed at some of the world’s most renowned venues – six plays at the Sydney Opera House, with American seasons at the New Victory Theater (42nd St, NY), New York University, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center for the Arts, Irish seasons at the Abbey Theatre, English seasons at London’s Southbank Centre, Chinese seasons at Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, and multiple Australian, UK and US tours.
The plays and their commissioning companies have received 34 awards, and been finalists for another 18. These include three Australian Writer’s Guild (AWGIE) Awards, Helpmann Awards (Australia’s highest theatrical accolade), Best Play acknowledgments in various cities and festivals, and an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.