Angie Farrow is an Associate Professor at Massey University specialising in theatre and creative processes. She has been writing plays since she was a student and her career as a playwright was launched when she won the Sunday Times Student Playwriting Award for her play, The Blue One in the UK. Several playwriting awards and plays followed including a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1978 for her play, Privitus.
Angie has a special interest in community theatre and theatre for young adults. She has written numerous plays for three young peoples’ theatre companies; Bush Telegraph and Travelling Light in the UK and Calico Young People’s´Theatre in New Zealand. Several of her plays are featured in two anthologies, Plays for Physical Theatre (Thompson Learning/Dunmore Press, 2005) and Plays for Physical Theatre 11 (Dunmore Press, 2010).
Apart from theatre plays, Angie also writes for radio. Her first radio play, All Packed Up, was produced at the BBC. She wrote Carrion, which won a Mobil Award For Best Radio Drama in 1992. In 1993 her play New Zealand Lamb was a finalist in the radio suffrage competition and was subsequently broadcast on RNZ and the ABC. In the same year she co-wrote with Fiona Farrell Looking Forward, an exchange of letters between a woman who lived in 1893 and one who lived in 1993. Her two-part radio play The Beauty Businesswas produced in 1996 and was followed by Speed Of Light (1998) an adaptation from a theatre piece about teenage suicide and Despatch (2007), a play about a New Zealand war journalist adapted from her theatre play of the same name.
Angie has written three large-scale plays for big casts: Despatch (2007) Before The Birds(2009) and The River (2012). Despatch won the prestigious ‘The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition’ run by The Virtual Theatre in the USA and Before the Birds won her Bruce Wrenn Award for Outstanding Contribution to NZ Playwriting’ as well as a Globe Theatre Award for ‘Best New New Zealand Play’.
In recent years, Angie has enjoyed writing short plays. They have performed in theatre festivals in several countries including India, Australia, New Zealand USA, UK, Canada and Singapore. The plays have won several awards and prizes including Best Drama Script at the Auckland Short and Sweet Festival (NZ: 2014) for Leo Rising, Winner of Inspirato Playwriting Award for The Blue One (Canada: 2013); Best Wild Card at the Sydney Short and Sweet Festival (Sydney:2014); People’s Choice Winner at the Inspirato Festival forTango Partner (Canada: 2011); (People’s Choice Award for Falling in Melbourne Short and Sweet Festival (Melbourne:2010); First Prize in The Three Leeches Playwriting Contest forLifetime (USA: 2013) Best Script for Lifetime at the Singapore Short and Sweet Festival (Singapore: 2010). Fourteen of Angie’s short plays are published in Falling and Other Short Plays (Steele Roberts 2014).
Her most recent full-length play, The Politician’s Wife, was produced at Centrepoint, Palmerston North and BATS, Wellington in 2016.
A murderer, an artist, a failed business woman, a stud, a philosopher and a psychoanalyst find themselves in a surreal world with no recollection of who they are or how they got there. Amnesia…
Joeline Mitchell is becoming a famous newsreader. She has been nominated Newsreader of the Year and everyone knows that she will win. However, on the day of the award ceremony, something weird…
The story is set in a fictionalized territory in the third world in which some kind of genocide is taking place. The central character is an international prize-…
Inspired by writing about neuropasticity, Falling follows a woman who is plagued not just by the feeling of falling but by the act of falling.
These plays have worked successfully in New Zealand and overseas with small theatre companies, tertiary and secondary students.
Set in some kind of shelter a few decades into the future, a group of young adults have been there as long as they can remember. No one can recall the precise day or how it happened, but as very…
On the eve of her wedding Lisa 1 and her alter egos Lisa 2 and Lisa 3 face the dilemma of marrying Barry or accepting a place at Drama School.
A short play that explores the precariousness of reality in the unfolding of a relationship.Happiness is a play about the tricks of memory and forgetting.
A millennium story set in the heart of the Manawatu where past and present mingle in a story of loss and reconciliation. A community theatre play.
Would World War II French Resistance fighter Nancy Wake be a heroine if she had been a young woman in these times? Are heroines shaped by circumstance, or are they born with heroic genes? Is it…
Lifetime is an experimental physical theatre play about a couple who compress a lifetime of marital living into an absurdly short timeframe.
This short piece of physical theatre is about a couple’s last moments before the separation of death.
Nearly There fuses dance with theatre and uses choreographed movement and language to create a unique composition.
Grace Price’s wedding coincides with the 1993 suffrage celebrations. The roads are clogged with parades. Mum can’t fit into her corsets and Dad goes missing.
Six women who work as night cleaners for Clayton’s Office Cleaners are joined by Clayton’s company bus driver Warren.
The three plays in this volume are suitable for both young adult performers and audiences. The plays were designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of age groups, but will be particularly appropriate.
This second volume of physical theatre ploays by Angie Farrow provides greater choice and variety than the first, with the inclusion of texts designed for use in classroom and workshop scenarios…
A surreal farce about the violence of the heart. With a theme of infidelity, this experimental work for physical theatre plays backwards in short replays, and explores dynamics of time past,…
Melanie is a thirteen year old footballer whose talents have gone unnoticed. On the day of the big final, Mum insists Melanie look after baby Skylark.
Three young runners prepare for secondary school nationals. All are devastated after the loss of their coach. On the big day one of them goes missing. Addresses issue of teen suicide.
This play is a poetic reflection on the dynamics of long-term relationship. The tango partner represents the life that the couple never lived.
In Part I Nicky is on the verge of business sucess with some shady characters. Will her father’s offer of a new life in NZ be enough to lure her and boyfriend Pete away from London?
A witty ten minute play about the appearance of a mysterious blue balloon over a city.
Requires a minimum of 5 actors, can be played with up to 18. …
This experimental theatre work explores the psychological make-up of the surreal painter, Renee Magritte. It fuses the genres of murder mystery and dream play.
The Last Day is about the last day in the universe: it is an ironic piece that contrasts the epic event of the last day with the prosaic preoccupation of those who have entered it.
A 10-minute satire about time, its shortage, its illusiveness, and the impossibility of keeping it in control. This experimental theatre work uses stylised physicality, a highly rhythmic language…
The River is a large-scale theatre play requiring a big cast and a strongly physical playing style. It has multiple narratives that are designed to flow and interconnect like tributaries…
The romantic adventures of Ethel Earnest. Will Ethel marry the villainous Lord Pratforth or will the heroic George Sweetly manage to save her in time and restore her to her fine family fortune?…