The Playmarket Award was awarded to Renée at the Playmarket Accolades held at the Hannah Playhouse in Wellington on 12 November 2017.
The $20,000 cash prize recognises a playwright who has made a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand.
Renée was born in 1929 and is of Ngati Kahungungu and Irish-English-Scots ancestry. She has described herself as a ‘lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals’. Her body of work includes her acclaimed trilogy plays Wednesday to Come, Pass it On and Jeannie Once.
The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Mīria George (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kuki Airani (Rarotonga & Atiu) at the Playmarket Accolades held at the Hannah Playhouse in Wellington on 12 November 2017. Mīria is the first Pasifika woman to receive the award since its inception in 1983. The $10,000 cash prize recognises professional success in the career of the writer and is designed to encourage their continued exploration of the theatre medium.