Angie Farrow

Angie Farrow is an Associate Professor at Massey University specialising in theatre and creative processes. Her career as a playwright was launched when she won the Sunday Times Student Playwriting Award for her play, The Blue One in the UK. Several playwriting awards and plays followed including a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1978 for her play, Privitus.

Angie has a special interest in community theatre and theatre for young adults. Bush Telegraph and Travelling Light have been produced in the UK and Calico Young People’s Theatre in New Zealand. Several of her plays are featured in two anthologies, Plays for Physical Theatre (Thompson Learning/Dunmore Press, 2005) and Plays for Physical Theatre 11 (Dunmore Press, 2010). She has written three large-scale community plays: Despatch (2007) Before The Birds (2009) and The River (2012).  Despatch won the prestigiousThe Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition’ and Before the Birds won her Bruce Wrenn Award for Outstanding Contribution to NZ Playwriting’ as well as a Globe Theatre Award for ‘Best New New Zealand Play’, and 'Best Play by a Female Playwright' 2018 Adam NZ Play Award. The Politician’s Wife was produced in 2015.

In recent years, Angie has enjoyed writing short plays.  They have performed in theatre festivals in several countries including India, Australia, New Zealand USA, UK, Canada and Singapore.  The plays have won several awards and prizes including Best Drama Script at the Auckland Short and Sweet Festival (NZ: 2014); The Inspirato Playwriting Award; Best Wild Card at the Sydney Short and Sweet Festival; People’s Choice Winner at the Inspirato Festival; People’s Choice Award in Melbourne Short and Sweet Festival; First Prize in The Three Leeches Playwriting Contest; Best Script at the Singapore Short and Sweet Festival.

Fourteen of Angie’s short plays are published in ‘Falling and Other Short Plays’ published by Steele Roberts 2014.

Angie has also written award-winning scripts for radio.