two openings in one night!

It’s true. The fateful day: 14th October. The venues: Lynfield and Green Bay High Schools. The play: “Remain in Light,” my play for drama students. I worked with Celia Nicholson and her students at Lynfield, helping with some direction and refining the script. There were some great performances from the…

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Well, it was a blast!

After months of planning and applications and budgets and weeks of rehearsal … two great seasons of my play! Wellington turned out for it and the last week in Auckland was sold out. It was blessed with a fantastic cast who did the piece proud; the Dom Post rightly declared…

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… And me old mate Pappsy is in the cast!

Yes indeed folks, old friend and flat mate Steve Papps is playing the role of Jules. This is the latest of a long succession of plays of mine that Steve has performed in. It started with Ladies Night … or it might have been the sequel … at the Centrepoint in Palmerston…

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Success

Carl, Jules and Derek are stand up comedians. Starting out in Auckland, they shared dreams, ideas, and a flat, convinced they were changing the world with every laugh they could elicit. And then Carl went and did something stupid. He moved to America, and made it big. Now, ten years…

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Intimacies

Yes folks, this is an opportunity to see this unique double bill of one act plays which explore the way in which the new technologies are warping the way we relate to each other. Set in the near future, these plays are hilarious – if I say so myself –…

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News Flash – “Intimacies” to Receive an ATC Workshop!

Folks, it’s true – and imminent! Literary Manager of the Auckland Theatre Company Philippa Campbell and Artistic Director Colin McColl have green-lit a workshop of my plays (I say ‘plays’ plural, because Intimacies is comprised of two 1 act plays, both set in the near future and thematically linked). It will held…

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Lyricism in New Zealand Plays

Lyricism doesn’t have a strong presence in New Zealand drama – at least, not the kind that gets produced. Baxter wrote some lyrical plays – as you’d expect from one of New Zealand’s all time heavy hitting poets when he has a mind to write for the stage. I saw…

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New Zealand Plays: Further Ruminations

When I first became interested in going to the theatre as an adolescent in the early ‘70s, New Zealand plays were fairly thin on the ground. One of the first I can remember going to see was by Dean Parker. I don’t recall the name of the play, and a…

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New Zealand Plays – Highlights

I’ve been thinking about what New Zealand plays have excited and moved me over the years. Here are some thoughts, in no particular sequence: Have Car Will Travel by Mitch Tawhi Thomas was a slap in the chops and a wake-up call. If New Zealand theatre can be this exciting…

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New Zealand playwrights: ruminating on

New Zealand playwrights are a funny old bunch. There are too few of us, and we are too individualistic to achieve much in the way of professional solidarity. Playwright’s conference used to take place every two years in New Zealand – I attended two and had a play workshopped in…

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Home

Home is the strangest destination Familiar sights can pull you suddenly Down dark winding stairs The silence after exhalation Calls you to a place once seen In forgotten dreams. The novelty Of shrieking plumage, giant insect species Cannot catch you unawares Quite as when a song thrush funnelling the night…

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