Fun Expected

Awards for the Playwrights Association of New Zealand (PANZ) 2014 One-Act Play Competition were presented in Warkworth on November 16, 2014. 1st Place: red-devil-1917 by Colin Beardon. 2nd Place: Cliché by Bronwyn Elsmore. 3rd Place: Margaret Thatcher Hits New Zealand by Rex McGregor. Highly Commended: Three Weird Mornings at the Library by Rex McGregor. Commended: A Puppy with a Sore Paw by Brian Turner.

The three winning comedies are being offered as a single entertainment entitled Fun Expected. If you haven’t seen and heard it all before in Cliché, you need to go to the theatre more often. But you’ll never guess what happens when extreme left-winger red-devil-1917 sets out to change the world and extreme right-winger Margaret Thatcher Hits New Zealand. PANZ President Richard Harris says, “This is an opportunity not to be missed. Three sparkling Kiwi plays in one hilarious production in which fun is not only expected but guaranteed!”

PANZ 2014 winners

(L-R): Rex McGregor, Colin Beardon, Bronwyn Elsmore.


This years Playwrights Association AGM will be held on Sunday 16th November at the Masonic Lodge, 1 Baxter St, Warkworth in Northland.

It will commence at 11.30am. All who can make it will be most welcome.

We welcome any nominations or expressions of interest for joining the committee.

Richard Harris

PANZ 2014 Competition

Results of the PANZ 2014 Competition have been announced.

1st Place: red-devil-1917 A comedy by Colin Beardon

2nd Place: Cliché A comedy by Bronwyn Elsmore

3rd Place: Margaret Thatcher hits New Zealand A comedy by Rex McGregor

Highly Commended: Three Weird Mornings at the Library by Rex McGregor

Commended: A Puppy With A Sore Paw A drama by Brian Turner

The Competition was for a play with a running time of 20-40 minutes suitable for stage, open air, restaurant or other appropriate venue.

2014 PANZ Committee

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF PLAYWRIGHTS ASSOCIATION OF NZ (Inc) for year ended 31 AUGUST 2013 was held on Sunday the 24th of November at the  New Masonic Hall, Warkworth.

At the meeting, officers and a new committee were appointed for 2013/14.  They are:
President:  Richard Harris
Vice President:  Colin Beardon
Secretary:  Andi Podesta
Treasurer:  Graeme Webber
Membership Secretary: June Allen
Committee Members:
Jennie Turner
Donna Banicevich-Gera
Tracy Ramsay (TJ)
Angie Farrow


PANZ 2013 seminar – by convenor June Allen

Before I finally put the seminar behind me, I want to express my appreciation to all those of you who gave me unqualified support during the whole process.

We had 11 people attend from as far off as Wellington.  The Te Aroha people put their hearts into supporting us and was a major factor in the success of the weekend.  And, financially we well covered our expenses.

Saturday night was a fancy dress event, some good innovative costumes,  and was great fun. 

I believe the highlight of the weekend was having the four who gave us their views on what they want in a script.  The panel was really appreciated, and what did we learn?  They want a catchy title to put on their billboards was number one!

Okay, the other Number one was comedy, set in the present day, and full length.  It was a good two hour session.

The TADS members read four of our plays on Sunday morning, and we await them on whether they will be performing any of our member’s work.

Overall, the event was a great success, being informative and enjoyed by everyone.

Enrol now for PANZ Easter Seminar

Only days left to enrol for our Easter Weekend Seminar in Te Aroha – there are still a few places left


Steps to the Stage: a weekend seminar devoted to helping playwrights get their work staged

WHERE:   Te Aroha

 WHEN:  30th AND 31st MARCH 2013  (Easter weekend)

THE COST: $160 PP   (PANZ MEMBERS $140)  for two full days & a catered dinner.

Further details

Contact   ph (09) 443 4451


2013 Competititon Adjudicator announced

The 2013 PANZ Playwriting Competition will be adjudicated by Donna Banicevich-Gera.


Donna is a Wellington based writer. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, a BA (Hons) in English, a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing, a Certificate in Writing for Documentary, and a Certificate in International Theatre Directing.

Her work has been produced for radio, page, stage, and screen. Her theatre work presented in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Austria, the USA, Croatia, and Alaska. She has held several overseas artists’ residencies, attended numerous offshore theatre workshops, and presented at international seminars and conferences.

Recent New Zealand productions of her scripts include: ‘Anton’s Women’, ‘Land Without Sunday’s’, ‘Hunterville’, ‘My Name is Ruhi’, ‘Come unto Me’, ‘Baby Face’, and ‘Ella & Will’. In 2009 her play ‘Tarara Child’ won the PANZ playwriting competition.

In addition to her own creative projects, Donna teaches writing at both Victoria University of Wellington and on the Whitireia Polytechnic Creative Writing Programme.  She also runs freelance writing workshops, and is experienced in motivating others to achieve their goals – creatively, academically, and professionally.

Most of all, she is always inspired by exploring the creative power of the imagination.