Newsletter – June 2017

PANZ Newsletter – June 2017


PANZ Play Competition 2017


PANZ Play Competition 2017

Adjudicators:  Dave Armstrong and June Allen 

Proudly sponsored by PLAYMARKET

 Enquiries and submissions to:


  1. Only members of PANZ may enter the competition. Membership is open to any person who is a long-term resident of New Zealand or is residing here for the whole of 2017. The annual membership fee is $25. To join see: or email
  2. There is no additional entry fee for the competition; your membership subscription is your entry fee.
  3. A member may submit one play in each category (see below). Each play may be individually authored or co-authored.
  4. Scripts must be suitable for performing on stage.
  5. The name of the author(s) and/or their contact details must not appear anywhere on the script.
  6. Scripts should contain the title, a list of characters and the setting but no synopsis. The dialogue should be clearly laid out and easily distinguishable from stage directions.
  7. The script must not be an adaptation of anyone else’s previously published or performed work. We advise that you check copyright if quoting previously published work.
  8. The play must not have been performed before a paying audience before 1 May 2017.
  9. Entries must be submitted by email to attaching a completed Entry Form and the script as a Word file.
  10. Entries open 01 March 2017 and close 30 April 2017.
  11. Results of both categories will be announced in July 2017.
  12. There will be two categories of entry: scripts of (A) long plays and (B) short plays.
  13. Category A (long plays): Plays must have a playing time of at least 50 minutes. There will be a Winner who will receive a cash prize of $300 plus $1,000 towards a production of their play within the next 18 months (payable once a venue and director are arranged). They will also be presented with the PANZ trophy which can be held until the next long play competition. The trophy may not be taken out of New Zealand. There will also be a Runner-up who will receive a cash prize of $200.
  14. Category B (short plays): Plays must have a playing time of between 7 and 10 minutes. There will be up to eight Finalists and, within these, First, Second and Third place winners. The First place winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The First, Second and Third place winners will be invited to a workshop later in 2017 organised by Playmarket where a professional script advisor, director and professional actors will help develop their winning plays. This will be held in Wellington or Auckland.  PANZ will promote the plays of all Finalists as a single show and is hopeful of finding at least one organisation willing to give them a public production (we were successful in 2015 and 2016). See our website ( for the latest information.
  15. In the event of a production, the director will not make alterations, additions or deletions to the Script except with the consent of the writer. For the purposes of copyright ownership, any agreed alterations, additions or deletions of any kind will be deemed to be the writer’s own work. Casting, set, sound, lighting effects and stage directions are at the discretion of the director.
  16. Once selected for performance writers may not withdraw their play from production without the permission of PANZ.
  17. All rights of each play will remain with the author.

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:

Members’ News – August 2016



Richard C Harris has won both the Nimmo Prize for BEST PLAY and the Nancy Cato AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the International Noosa Arts Festival play writing competition in July.

The play was a comedy entitled Dead Loss, about a couple of hapless drug dealers and their attempts to avoid the police and drug gangs to bring their product to market. The competition attracted nearly 70 entries from around the world. It was performed for a week along with the second and third place to packed audiences at the festival itself. The shortlist of ten places was announced in February and contained two of Richard’s plays. In April the top three were decided and finally on the final night of the festival the order of merit was announced.

The prize money is A$5000, with an additional $300 for the Audience choice award. This is a generous windfall for Richard and his wife Carole, who are currently VSA volunteers in the remote island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

Richard was the President of PANZ for three years until 2014 when he vacated the position to go overseas.

He won the PANZ one act play writing award several years ago, and in 2014 his one act thriller A Darker Shade of Closure was a finalist in the British Theatre Challenge competition and performed in London.



 Angie Farrow, the adjudicator for this year’s PANZ playwriting competition, is a finalist in the Women of Influence awards in the Arts & Culture section. “Presented by Fairfax Media and Westpac, the New Zealand Women of Influence programme aims to identify, recognise and celebrate influential women shaping New Zealand.”

 St Patrick’s College, Silverstream performed Angie’s comedy and drama Last Breath at the Lower North Island Regional TheatreFest on August 26 and 27 at the Playhouse Theatre, Hastings. Directed by Susan Hayworth.



April Phillips’ comedy STiFF will be produced by New Plymouth Little Theatre from November 23 to December 17, 2016.

Death & Taxes The Bell Theatre Group, the Bell Memorial Public Hall, Western Downs, Queensland, from August 28 to September 3, 2016, directed by Ruth Storey



 Tim Hambleton’s full-length comedy Heaven Help Us! is to be performed by Kapiti Playhouse as their end of year production from 23 November – 3 December. It is to be directed by Mark Harris.



 Rex McGregor’s short play Almost Immortal was produced at the Queeroism Play Festival, The Vault, Collaboraction, Chicago, Illinois, July 8-9, 2016, directed by Leah Cassella.

This Particular Crevasse (audio play)  Onstage/Offstage, Ithaca, New York, August 6, 2016, produced by George Sapio

Ebook Meets Treebook (staged reading)  Original Play Festival, Aloha Peforming Arts Company, Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu, Hawaii, August 17, 2016, directed by Renee Monell

Upcoming productions:

Threatened Panda Fights Back  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, New Zealand, September 10, 2016, directed by David Blakey



 June Allen has taken the opportunity to direct Alex Broun’s prize winning play, War/Kiss at Auckland’s Short+Sweet Festival on Saturday 10th September. (On the same bill as Love Those Cockroaches.)

 June has renamed her 2nd-prize winning play in the PANZ 2016 Playwriting Competition. Formerly A Much Bigger Story, this play is now called Behind the Bins.



 Nataliya Oryshchuk’s 10-minute plays Token of Friendship, The Lifecycle of Refrigerators and Cactus Instructor were produced by NO Productions Theatre Collective at Orange Studio, Christchurch on Saturday 20 August. The performance was sold out.

Token of Friendship has featured at various theatre festivals in Sydney, Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown, and was recently published in a collection of New Zealand plays, Stage Journeys. The other two plays were world premieres, with The Lifecycle of Refrigerators to be performed in Oamaru later this year as a finalist of the PANZ Playwriting Competition 2016. Cactus Instructor is a brand-new script, just weeks old!

Upcoming production:

The Turn of the Screw  NO Productions Theatre Collective, Oamaru Opera House, November 18. 2016



 B E Turner’s play Knitting was awarded best adult play, best play overall and best female actor at the TheatreFest Regionals in Dargaville and has been selected for the TheatreFest Finals.

The adjudicators’ summaries:

“Both cast and director are familiar with this genre and with B E Turner’s work in particular. This familiarity showed splendidly in the imaginative and moving treatment you gave to the text.” Lindsay Nash, ANZDA

“I congratulate this team on selecting such a challenging play, in their depth of interpretation, and on a very high standard of achievement.” Claire Marsh    



 Jennie Turner was featured as a ”Good Sort” on TV1 News. Jennie writes and directs for the Tairua Troubadours. An annual musical spectacular draws the whole community of Tairua, on the Coromandel Peninsula, together.

The 15th show, A Clash of the Clans, was produced at the Tairua Hall in July.



Our Patron, John Dunmore, has just published a new book, Chasing A Dream : The Exploration of the Imaginary Pacific (Upstart Press, Auckland). It was launched at Unity Books, Wellington, and has been reviewed in several newspapers and journals, including the latest review in the Otago Daily Times. It covers myths and legends as well as the efforts of navigators to explore the world’s largest ocean, deals with story tellers, playwrights, pirates and the lengthy search for a rumoured sunken continent. John Dunmore doesn’t plan to write a play on it, although he did write Oh, Captain Cook, produced at Downstage Theatre, Wellington, some years back.