Robert Gilbert began his theatre career in 1981 as a trainee actor with Prospect Theatre Company in Hamilton, and has since appeared in scores of professional theatre and television productions. As a director, he has won Best Production awards at many NZ Theatre Festivals, Brisbane Arts Theatre Festival, Norfolk Island Theatre Festival, and the Best Director Award at Port Macquarie Theatre Festival, Brisbane Arts Theatre Festival, and at the Norfolk Island Theatre Festival an unprecedented five times.
He has written more than 20 plays, mostly for children or adult comedies. He has twice been shortlisted for the Playmarket Plays for the Young competition. His full-length play, Trans Tasmin, was selected as part of The Court Theatre’s annual Midwinter Readings series last year. More recently, Robert made the long list for The British Theatre Challenge, and received an honourable mention in the New Works of Merit playwriting competition in New York.
Between the Aisles
The prejudices and weaknesses of four people are exposed through a short piece of experimental theatre.
First performed: Prizewinners, Oamaru Repertory Society, August 2016
1st Prize: PANZ 10-Minute Play Competition, 2016