School of English and Media Studies
- School of English and Media Studies
- Massey University
Here at Massey University School of English & Media Studies, we've been teaching theatre for more than 50 years. over that time we have been privileged to house, connect with and develop a plethora of Aotearoa New Zealand playwrights among our staff, students and graduates.
So when we were brainstorming how we might contribute to the national theatre month korero, we thought perhaps some short podcasts on playwriting might be something we could offer. We hope they are helpful to others who are starting on their playwriting journey.
This podcast is a work in progress. and we'll be aiming to add more resources througthut NZ Theatre Month.
Award-winning playwright Philip Braithwaite first discovered his love of playwriting in his Bachelor of Arts (English and Media Studies) at Massey University. Shortly after graduating, he won the 2001 BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition with Blood, redrafted for radio from a stage play, The Human Engine, that he had started working on while still a student at Massey. Since then Phil’s work has been produced in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, and he has collaborated with groups from the Royal Court Theatre in London, the BBC and the SEEyD theatre company. In 2013 he won New Zealand’s premier playwriting award, the Adam Prize, for The Mercy Clause, a thought-provoking and poignant play about euthanasia. His latest work, The Atom Room, which features in this podcast, offers a futuristic scenario to provoke critical thinking about climate change. Phil is currently teaching on Massey’s Expressive Arts programme at Wellington.
Angie Farrow is Associate Professor in Theatre at Massey University, a playwright and a community arts initiator. In this interview with Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, she talks about the influences of classical theatre form on her contemporary playwriting. Angie has won numerous international prizes and awards for her plays including first prize at The Inspirato International Playwriting Contest (The Blue Balloon, Toronto, 2013), The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition (Despatch, USA, 2007), and Best Drama Script at the Auckland Short and Sweet Festival (Leo Rising, Auckland, 2014). In 2011 she was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Drama’ by the Playwrights’ Association of New Zealand. Her short plays have featured in festivals in India, France, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, the UK, the USA and Singapore. Angie has published five books of her plays in Australia and New Zealand including Falling and Other Short Plays which features fourteen of her short works.
Nataliya Oryshchuk won first prize in the Playwrights’ Association of New Zealand’s 2018 One Act Play Competition for her piece, Dear Jane, which she completed during her Master of Creative Writing at Massey and which features in this podcast. The award is not the first time she’s been recognised. Several of her short plays have made the finals in national and international playwriting competitions, including Short+Sweet Sydney, Pint-Sized Plays NZ and Pint-Sized Plays UK. Over the last couple of years, her short comedies have been produced by various theatres in New Zealand and Australia. Nataliya is also an accomplished actor and theatre maker, the founder of Christchurch’s independent production company NO Productions Theatre, and holds degrees in both Russian and English.
Elspeth Tilley is an Associate Professor of Expressive Arts at Massey University. She predominately writes political theatre, especially short comedies that subvert the status quo. She is a two-time winner of the British Theatre Challenge international playwriting competition, a two-time invited playwright for Climate Change Theatre Action, a 2018 winner of the Westcliffe Colorado Center for the Arts International Playwriting Competition, and her work has received audience choice awards in Australia and New Zealand. Her short plays have been published in the USA, UK and Canada, and performed in Paris, Rome (in Italian translation), Shanghai, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Manila, Dubai, Sydney,
podcasts on playwriting – for NZ Theatre Month