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Playwrights b425 Competition Winners Announced

Auckland playwright Nathan Joe has taken the top prize in the Playwrights b4 25 competition for the second year running with his play Like Sex. The award was announced at a function at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre on Monday 16 May 2016. The competition recognises the best new writing for the stage by writers under the age of 25.

Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde – where the dramatic structure consists of interlocking scenes between pairs of lovers – Like Sex is a daisy chain of teen relationships, sex and angst.

NZ THEATRE 2011 - 2015

A SURVEY OF WHAT'S BEING PERFORMED IN OUR MAJOR PRODUCING THEATRES. 

For the five year period 2011 – 2015:

• 348 productions from professional theatre.

• 64% of productions were NZ plays

• 12% of productions were by Maori theatremakers

• 4% of productions were by Pasifika theatremakers

• 22% of productions were by NZ women writers

• 28% of productions were by women writers (including NZ writers)

POWERFUL TŪHOE EPIC TAKES TOP AWARD

PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winner for 2016:
Maraea Rakuraku for her play Tan-Knee. Maraea also received the awards for Best Play by a Māori Writer and Best Play by a Woman Writer

The Adam NZ Play Award recognises and celebrates the best in new writing for the theatre.
Director of Playmarket Murray Lynch announced the win at Circa Theatre on 13 March 2016 alongside four other special award winners.

2016 Adam NZ Play Award Shortlist

Playmarket is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2016 ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD.

The Award recognises and celebrates the best in new writing for the theatre.

Campbell Smith (1925 – 2015) Obituary

With the death last year of Campbell Smith, Playmarket lost its oldest client. Campbell was also among the agency’s most long-established figures, having been represented by Playmarket since the early 1980s. He was one of only two clients (Roger Hall the other) to have been awarded an honorary doctorate (in 2012 by the University of Waikato) and also became in 2012 one of only two clients to have had a volume of his Collected Plays published (James K. Baxter the other).

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