'Creativity' by itself is nothing; it's no more to be applauded than being good-looking or having a sunny day. There must be distillation, form, expertise, meaning, and a desire to communicate." Richard Eyre

Kia ora <<First Name>>

Welcome to the new eBulletin format and you can now also visit the new website online. It has taken a while to complete with lots of fiddly details surrounding import of data from our records but we are pleased with the functionality and look of the result. We welcome feedback on it.

You are receiving this from our temporary premises on level one of the same building we have inhabited since1993. The roof has been repaired after a long time suffering leaks but in the process of repair a downpour from a huge storm flooded the premises. The ceiling was damaged, the carpet was severely flooded, and the walls were running wet. Thankfully none of the archive material was on the floor so it wasn’t affected. A quick regrouping of a temporary nature to the far side of the room sustained us for a couple of weeks until plans were completed for a refurbishment. So there is an upside- new carpet, replaced ceiling and a paint job - plus the rent relief allows us to replace some of the furniture. Meanwhile business continues as usual and we are at home to visitors as always. We expect to be back in a refreshed office in three weeks.

We announce the winners in our Playwrights b4 25 Competition in this bulletin and what a great range and number of entries we received. The next big read coming up for staff is for the Plays for the Young competition. This one has a few weeks before close off so get those plays in now. We’re currently completing preparation for the workshops we’re running at the beginning of July. This promises to be a great chance to share experiences and discuss the process of collaborating to make theatre. We have travel subsidies available so book in now. Details are in the Opportunities section.

Nga mihi mahana
Murray Lynch
Director of PLAYMARKET


Congratulations to...
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Playwrights b4 25 competition, 2011.  
Our congratulations go to Jess Sayer for FIX, and Joseph Harper for The Boy and the Bicycle, who will both receive $500 each, (thanks to a generous anonymous donor) and some ongoing development attention, to be discussed. 

Two other plays, Mooi River by Robyn Patterson and Back Home by Danny Amua have also been chosen for development attention to complete their scripts.
Congratulations to all on the shortlist - all of your work made this competition an extremely exciting event for us and we hope to see much more of your work in the future. Please note that your plays may also be eligible for the Plays For The Young Competition, deadline end of July; and the Adam NZ Play Award, deadline early December.
Please see here for more details.

Dr Lynley Hood - awarded a three-month residency to participate in the 2011 International Writers Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa in the United States. Dr Hood will research and write a selection of interwoven essays, memoirs and journal entries on one of mankind’s most puzzling preoccupations – the quest for eternal life.

Briar Grace-Smith who has received conditional NZFC production funding for
Fresh Meat
New Stages for ATC and The Court
Auckland Theatre Company is delighted Auckland Council's Strategy and Finance Committee voted to approve $10 million towards the $40 million cost of Auckland Theatre Company's proposal for a performing arts complex in Wynyard Quarter.

The Court Theatre is moving to a temporary new site in Addington and are constructing a purpose-built theatre from which the company will re-establish activities before the end of the year.
Read more here

Me & Robert McKee published by The Play Press
For anyone who ever tried to write a screenplay...
“As brilliant a play as you’d expect from the writer of the watershed Foreskin’s Lament.”
More here

PLAYMARKET is grateful for the support of