Members’ News – October 2016



Seven winning plays from the Playwrights Association of New Zealand 10-Minute Playwriting Competition were performed by Oamaru Repertory Society at the Itchen Street Theatre, Oamaru, August 31 & September 1 -2. Some of the company’s seasoned players doubled up on roles as there were 25 in all.



The top four plays from the PANZ 2016 competition were performed by Waihi Drama Society at The Theatre, Waihi, October 7-9 & 14-16.

Waihi Drama Society treated the top four place getters to a delightful evening. All four plays had been rehearsed by talented casts and their respective diligent directors. The title for the entertainment was Petit Fours, and this reflected the delicious and sweet mood of the entertainment. Robert Gilbert (Between the Aisles), June Allen (A Much Bigger Story), Marc Shaw (New Zealander) and Colin Beardon (The Imitation Game) each appreciated the dedication shown by members of Waihi Drama in the way their plays were presented.

The two week season of Petit Fours featured on Saturday 8th October a ‘Meet the Writers’ invitation which was completely sold out. All four writers were present and we were well pleased with each of the performances.

We knew there had been many weeks of preparation put in by the four very willing directors and their various casts; by the President, Linda Haines, her Vice President Fi Gudsell, and Technical whizz Kerry Single. They’d kept in contact with each of the writers during the rehearsal period, which was much appreciated.

We were just as impressed by the Society’s facilities in a theatre of welcoming ambience. Members of the Society prepared delicious sweet snacks to complement the ‘Meet the Writers’ evening, and friendly chat went well into the night.

We felt truly spoilt – it was great fun. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it has been exciting to see our work presented so well. Thank you Waihi Drama Society – a Community Theatre in real good heart.

June Allen



Angie Farrow’s short play Lifetime was produced at the inaugural Short+Sweet Hollywood festival, Stella Adler Theater, Los Angeles, September 22-24, 2016, directed by Jeni Jones.

Angie won the Plays for the Young Playwriting Competition TEENAGE CATEGORY for her play Esther.

“A young woman appears in the village one morning in late Spring. The authorities say she is the girl, Esther, who mysteriously disappeared three years earlier. How can this be when her sister is so clear that this girl has no resemblance to Esther? Others say she is wrong.  Perhaps the villagers see in Esther only what they want to see: the girl they lost. And if they see Esther in the face of Esther then perhaps Esther is who she says she is.”



April Phillips’ short film REM won BEST HORROR SHORT – FOREIGN at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.



Denis Edwards’ play Maggie and Mandy and a Nice Cup of Tea was a finalist in the Stage Play section of the 2016 New York Screenplay Awards.



Graeme Webber’s musical Fire on the River was performed in Auckland at the Glen Eden Playhouse (October 6-16), Papatoetoe’s Spotlight Theatre (October 18-23) and Takapuna’s Pumphouse (October 25-30).



Rex McGregor’s short comedy Threatened Panda Fights Back was produced at Play Time, Second Sons Theatre Company, Theatre N16, London, September 2, 2016, directed by Samson Hawkins.

Love Those Cockroaches  Short+Sweet Theatre, TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), Auckland, September 10, 2016, directed by David Blakey

Zany Planets won the THEATRE FOR YOUTH category at The Chameleon Theatre Circle‘s New Play Contest. It will have a staged reading at the Ames Center, Burnsville, Minnesota, November 5, 2016.



Isabella McDermott‘s short play Sainthood won the AUDIENCE CHOICE at Auckland’s Short+Sweet Theatre Wildcard Show 1, September 10, 2016. Produced by Become of Us. Directed by Jordan Selwyn.



Peace & War, two one-act plays by Richard Prevett (Spirit and Fire and Dew) and Dolly Varden-Chambers (Don’t Call Us) were performed by Matamata Dramatic Society, July 14-17, directed by Wanda Brittain and Ian Harrop.



Ravel Productions presents moments from No Science To Goodbye, Annabel Wilson‘s new play, directed by Anna Shaw. Rippon Hall, Wanaka, November 12, 4pm, followed by a q&a korero session. Tickets and further info:

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