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 – …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sacre bleu encore!

Last saturday, a screening in Paris, at the Australian Embassy. My producer Liz DiFiore was there, and in her words this is how it went down: The Paris screening went very well. We had about 100 people and quite a few stayed for the Q & A.  We screened the …

Distance No Barrier

We’re just back – myself, Liz and her partner Kevin – from Great Barrier Island, where we were invited to screen Russian Snark. We had a great turn-out at the Social Club. Every second person seemed to be an artist, and there was a keen appreciation of the imagery in …

bring it on, world!

Bring It On, World! Global exploitation of our film Russian Snark is off to a roaring start, with its screening this Friday at the Melbourne Film Festival’s 37 Degrees South Film Market. We’re the only Kiwi film to be chosen as one of the Breakthru Screenings, which will be attended by sales …

Sacre bleu!

Our film Russian Snark has just won the Grand Jury Prize at the Brussels Independent Film Festival! I think a certain amount of chest thumping and panty waving is in order; our little micro-budget confection vanquished quite a number of multi-million dollar monoliths to claim this one. We’re the little …