Members’ News June 2016


Following a season at Centrepoint in Palmerston North, Angie Farrow’s play The Politician’s Wife moved to BATS in Wellington with the same cast for two weeks at the end of June.



Richard C Harris’s comedy Dead Loss has been longlisted in the 2016 British Theatre Challenge.

His thriller A Darker Shade of Closure has been adapted for an American audience and is to be performed in a repertory theatre in Maryland, USA.



 April Phillips’ short films Utu Pihikete and Letter for Hope are now being screened on Air New Zealand flights. Both films were included in the four short films selected for the New Zealand Film Festival in China back in April.

Her new film, a sci fi fantasy called REM has just been completed and will have its cast and crew screening at The Roxy in Miramar next week.

April’s latest stage play Blind Eye had its premiere production in Christchurch in April, directed by Craig Hutchison of CAS’n’OVA Productions.

 Motel was performed at Harlequin Theatre, Masterton in May. Directed by Rita-Ann Penhale-Cashmore.



 Rex McGregor’s short comedy Threatened Panda Fights Back reached the semi-finals at the Take Ten Festival 2016 in New York, NY in April. The director Susane Lee was a Finalist for Best Director for her work on this production.

Becky and Huck Tom had a staged reading at First Stage Playwrights ExpressEclectic Company Theatre, Los Angeles, California in May. Directed by JC O’Connell.

President Charles Evans Hughes was included in Presidential Election Shorts at Hollywood Fringe, The Lounge Theatre, Los Angeles, California in June. Directed by John Fingal O’Donnell.

An audio version of This Particular Crevasse was produced by AIRPlay, OnAir Players, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May. Producer: Rachel Love.



 Nataliya Oryshchuk’s Weird Tales of Midwinter was performed by NO Productions Theatre Collective at Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch in June.

The show is inspired by classic stories of the supernatural, presenting the audience with two thrilling tales of the genre: Carmilla and The Sandman.



 Tim Hambleton’s comedy Holding Court was produced by Oamaru Repertory Society in May. Directed by Judith Bingham.



 Christine Beardon’s play Huia, was performed in Theatres of Resistance at Artworks, Waiheke Island on May Day.



For any members in the Manawatu region –

Bronwyn Elsmore’s play Celestial Pursuits will be on at Marton Players Theatre, Marton between 14 July and 23 July.

Weird Tales of Midwinter

Nataliya Oryshchuk‘s Weird Tales of Midwinter will be performed at Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch from 16-19 June. The show offers a unique theatrical experience and an excellent opportunity to celebrate the season in style, dispelling the gloom of the Christchurch winter… and adding more Victorian mystery to it.Weird Tales are inspired by Victorian and Edwardian stories of the supernatural, presenting the audience with two of the most thrilling tales of the genre: Carmilla and The Sandman.



KnittingBrian Turner’s one act play Knitting was presented in the Hamilton Fringe in March. Directed by Lorna Ashton of Hamilton Playbox Theatre. Billed as ‘a grotesque one act play with a variety of interpretations. It has been described as ‘absurdist Grand Guignol’. The play will be going forward to TheatreFest.

The following is a comment from a viewer:

“Well. I’m not really sure what to say. After just coming from the Meteor after seeing ‘Knitting’ (A one act grotesque play about abuse of the simple & elderly) I’m absolutely floored by the emotion such a short piece evoked. While in the theatre I felt myself wanting to cry but because of the constant onslaught I was unable to. It wasn’t until I’d left the theatre and got in my car that I broke into tears.

“An issue so close to my heart, this piece had a huge impact. The performances by the three women were executed with a precise detail and absolute conviction. You guys are to be commended on such a brilliant, thought – provoking and very real show. I take my hat off to all those involved.”