Congratulations to Rex McGregor, who has been awarded the 2015 Doug Wrenn Award for achievement in playwriting “for the numerous productions of his short comedies”. The award, presented by the Playwrights Association of NZ, is given annually to a member of the association who has had significant success in playwriting during the year.
Two hours of totally local drama containing nine 10-minute plays written on Waiheke
The Four Horsemen by Christopher Preston
The Trial of the Plastic Bag by Janet Salas
Memories are Made of This by Roger Jeffrey
Hiding behind the Teacup by Richard Bull
No Garter by Janet & Peter November
Ping-Pong by Janine Edge
The Other Flag by Mano Pratt & John Mackay
The Dog Psychiatrist by Robyne Winton
Huia by Christine Beardon
Congratulations to the winners of the Playwrights Association of New Zealand’s 2015 10-Minute Play Competition:
1st prize: A Sentimental Journey by Paula Crimmens, Mt Albert, Auckland
Judge’s Comment: This stayed with me for some time. I kept thinking back to it for some reason. I think the characters are wonderfully drawn, it’s a very efficient piece but contains such a big, moving story. It will be great for actors to play.
2nd prize: The Reunion by Tim Hambleton, Dunedin
Judge’s Comment: I really like the build of this piece. It is also perfectly suited to the short play format. There is some great comedy to be had and it’s wonderful that it’s a scenario that a lot of us can imagine/identify with.
On June 22nd, Celine Gibson was awarded Otago Regional winner of the National Flash Fiction Day contest, 2015, judged by Fiona Kidman and Owen Marshall. Award presentations were held throughout the main centres of New Zealand that night.
Celine has also heard that her screenplay DEVONSIDE has been awarded a finalist placing in the Moondance International Film Festival 2015 competition. She says that among the mainly U.S. co-finalists she is the only Kiwi name mentioned this year.
Rex McGregor had five overseas productions of his short comedies in July.
- Surfing in Munich – Short+Sweet Brisbane 2015, Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia, July 9-11, 2015, directed by Eric Yates
- Threatened Panda Fights Back – Short+Sweet Brisbane 2015, Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia, July 16-18, 2015, directed by Kate Murphy
- Lady Godiva Womans Up – Summer One Acts, Red Mask Players, Danville, Illinois, July 16-19, 2015, directed by Drake Taylor
- Grow Up, Juliet – The Short Short Play Festival, The Social Capital Theatre, Toronto, Canada, July 22 & 24, 2015, directed by Anand Rajaram
- Threatened Panda Fights Back – Studio Players’ I0-Minute Play Festival, Carriage House Theatre, Lexington, Kentucky, July 31-August 2 & August 7-9, 2015, directed by Marty Wayman
Brian Turner’s absurdist one act play Earwigs was entered in Theatrefest. It was directed by Lorna Aston for Playbox Theatre in Hamilton. It went from Hamilton to the regional Top of the North Island festival where it won prizes for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Adult Play and Best Play Overall, as well as being selected to go forward to the TheatreFest national finals. Details and adjudication can be found on the Playbox web site.