Paul Rothwell's genre-hopping stories explore themes such as identity, religion, sexuality, time, love, family and human folly.
The characters - often damaged, occasionally deranged - exist halfway between caricature and realism. From the ghostly choirboy and insatiable child murderer of Golden Boys, to the solo mother on the edge in Hate Crimes, to the vengeful spirit of an aborted foetus in Deliver Us, they are a memorable bunch.
Imaginative, intelligent and idiosyncratic, many of Paul Rothwell's plays have been popular with audiences and critics alike. These offbeat and occasionally controversial observations on twenty-first century life in New Zealand form a unique and distinctive body of work.
Paul has twice been nominated for the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Outstanding New Playwright, in 2004 for Golden Boys, and 2005 for Hate Crimes.
He was awarded the Bruce Mason Award for Emerging Playwright in 2008.