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.

Brown Ink & Asian Ink Programme Opens Door to Screenplays as well as plays

Playmarket and the New Zealand Writers Guild collaborate to bring you a new opportunity – under the existing banners of Brown Ink and Asian Ink – for unproduced screenplays and plays.

This fresh and exciting opportunity encourages new voices to the fore. Submissions now open Playmarket and the New Zealand Writers Guild joint Brown and Asian Ink development programme is looking for Maori, Pasifika and Asian writers with the best new, exciting and original work.

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.