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.
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.
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.