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CONGRATULATIONS TO...

Whiti Hereaka - selected for the Summer Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre.

BATS Theatre - whose premises have been bought and secured for the theatre by Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

Arthur Meek (On The Upside-Down Of The World), Fiona Samuel (Bliss) and Thomas Sainsbury (Supercity) - all winners in the 2011 NZ Writers Guild's SWANZ Awards.

Eli Kent - awarded an Arts Foundation New Zealand New Generation Award. 

Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2011

Theatre excellence in Wellington was celebrated in the 20th annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Award's 2011ceremony, which was held at the Opera House on Sunday 4th December.
 

NEW PLAYWRITING AWARD ANNOUNCED FOR 2012

Playmarket Award

At an awards function at Downstage Theatre, on 23 November, Murray Lynch announced that in PLAYMARKET's funding agreement for 2012 – 2014, Creative New Zealand have approved a new award – called the PLAYMARKET AWARD - that will be offered from next year and come with a prize of $20,000.

ARTHUR MEEK AWARDED BRUCE MASON PLAYWRITING AWARD

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented by PLAYMARKET to Arthur Meek at Downstage Theatre in Wellington on 23 November 2011.

The award exists to recognise early success in the career of the winning playwright; to encourage their continued exploration of the theatre medium and grants a $10,000 cash prize.

This award recognises Meek's dedication as a playwright and the quality of his work.

PLAYMARKET presents the 2011 NZ PLAY SERIES

Since its launch in 2007, PLAYMARKET's New Zealand Play Series has published eleven volumes of major works for the stage, yet New Zealand theatres have produced many significant plays that remain unpublished. The New Zealand Play Series seeks to ensure that many of these important theatrical works reach the readership and further audiences they deserve.

Congratulations to...

Two New Zealand 10-minute plays have been selected for the 2011 Short+Sweet theatre festivals in both Melbourne and Brisbane in November. Falling by Angie Farrow and Taking the Plunge by Rex McGregor will each have five performances at Melbourne's Chapel Off Chapel and Brisbane's Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

FESTIVAL NEWS

Auckland's Basement Theatre "unwraps a boutique selection of our best underground talent" with Basement Fest, 28 September – 22 October 2011. Albert Belz's Yours Truly launched the fest this week and is closely followed by Manbits by Rohan Mouldey and the latest work from Thomas Sainsbury, Crims.

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