Colin Beardon

Colin lives on Waiheke Island where he has chaired the Artworks Community Theatre and  organised three Waiheke Playwrights Festivals.  He writes dramas and comedies that have political content or can be seen as a political metaphor.

—-Some Plays by Colin Beardon—-

Circus Royale (Full length drama, 2 Acts, 100 mins. Cast = 8 (at least 1M & 1F))

Loosely based on the story of the abdication of Edward VIII, the play explores the contemporary themes of love, fame and human responsibility. Performed at Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island, Auckland, in 2011.


Interference  (Short Drama, 35 mins, Cast = 11 (8M: 3F))

Tells the story of Michael Joseph Savage’s response to the Abdication Crisis involving King Edward VIII.  Set against the background of the communications technologies of the day – telegraph, radio, television. ‘Very Highly Commended’ : PANZ Competition 2012

Open HomeThis play is a sequel to Sleep Out (2015). Ade has recovered from his trauma while a soldier and still living in a sleep out in Rocky Bay. He has made his peace with the world and is celebrating his 40th birthday with friends when a newcomer arrives and makes an offer he cannot refuse. Or can he? The play explores “the scars within”, as well as contemporary community and environmental issues.

First produced: Waiheke Island, Auckland, 2018



red_devil_1917  (One-act comedy, Cast = 3 (2M: 1F)

Kate’s grandad is an old-style socialist who refuses to change. She wants him to get out more and tries to show him the Internet so he can look up some old friends. When that doesn’t work she recruits her friend Marco to try. They decide some deception will be required to gain the grandfather’s confidence, but when the two men get together they end up co-operating in a way Kate didn’t quite anticipate.

1st Prize: PANZ One-Act Play Competition 2014

Available in the trilogy Fun Expected

Sleep Out

What do a mentally unstable veteran, a fancy Auckland couple, a community service worker and a Chinese gardener have in common?

Waiheke Island, Auckland, 6-14 February, 2015


The Imitation Game (10-minute play)

Will artificial intelligence result in a blurring of the distinction between humans and machines? Oliver buys an intelligent refrigerator and finds out.

First performed: Prizewinners, Oamaru Repertory Society, August 2016

Finalist: PANZ 10-Minute Play Competition, 2016


The Virtue of Housing  (Full length drama, 2 Acts, 100 mins. Cast = 6 (3M & 3F))

A professional couple buy a bach on Waiheke, but cannot escape from their stressful lives.  The play is a comment on housing, and on US and Chinese involvement in NZ.  3rd Prize: PANZ Competition 2013


Phone Colin on 09 372 5801 or email: if you are interested in his plays.