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REMEMBERING JOHN CLARKE

Director Sunny Amey and playwright Roger Hall remember the great John Clarke (1948 - 2017).

There have been so many tributes paid to John Clarke, both for his personal qualities and his memorable professional work. He is truly an icon of comedy.

SOME OF THE PLAYS FROM THE 70s AND 80s I’D LOVE TO SEE AGAIN

Roger Hall

The late seventies and eighties produced a great many plays that excited audiences. Giddy times.

Mervyn Thompson was the enfant terrible of theatre: idiosyncratic, volatile, passionate, political. There wasn’t a play that went by without him being angry about something. My favourite was his O! Temperance! (the title being a reference to the then current overseas hit avant-garde review, Oh! Calcutta!). Thompson presented a significant part of our history, The Temperance Movement, in a most entertaining way.

Samoan Chicken Lays Golden Egg for Playwright

PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winner for 2017: D. F. Mamea for his third play Still Life with Chickens. Mamea also received the award for Best Play by a Pasifika Writer.

The Adam NZ Play Award recognises and celebrates the best in new unproduced writing for the theatre. Director of Playmarket Murray Lynch announced the win at Circa Theatre on 1 April 2017 alongside three other special award winners.

SAM BROOKS WINS THE 2016 BRUCE MASON PLAYWRITING AWARD.

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Sam Brooks at the Playmarket Accolades held at the Hannah Playhouse in Wellington on 13 November 2016. The $10,000 cash prize recognises early success in the career of the winning playwright and is designed to encourage their continued exploration of the theatre medium.

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