Whilst working overseas Brian Hannam studied drama and directed his first play in England where he wrote and staged The 73rd Day. He also directed that play again while in Canada and won awards. After returning to New Zealand he wrote The Waitara Purchase which has since had four professional productions and toured to various centres.
He wrote The Siege which was performed in Hamilton and toured to several Waikato towns.
In between Brian Hannam directed over 50 productions for theatre companies in New Plymouth, Hamilton, around the Waikato and in Tauranga. He has performed in many stage productions and taught High School drama.
Playmarket sponsored two workshops of his play Len … the life and times of Len Lye in 2008 and 2009. Auckland theatre Company included Len in their showcase/workshop The Next Stage in 2009.
He wrote and produced the famous West Coast Miners Music Hall for the Hokitika Dramatic Society in 2015 as part of the 150 years commemoration of the West Coast gold rushes.
Mister Seddon is Brian’s latest script that is production ready. It looks at the life and times of “King Dick”, Richard John Seddon, probably the most effective Prime Minister and charismatic character to stroll the NZ political stage.