Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Insomniac Writer Faces Ultimate Deadline In Writer’s Block

05 FEBRUARY 2011

Insomniac Writer Faces Ultimate Deadline In Writer’s Block

Insomnia and depression are not generally thought of in comedy terms, but Wellington based actor and writer Thomas Rimmer's new solo piece, Writer's Block, deals with these very themes. The play explores a struggling writer's descent into madness and is based on a poem written by Rimmer, which chronicals his own struggles with insomnia and depression.

"Although the poem is a lot darker than the play, I've tried to capture the feeling of solitude of the original piece and turn it in to a kind of tragic comedy", Rimmer says. "They say 'write about what you know', and Writer's Block deals with those darker, twisted aspects of my own mind."

Rimmer himself has suffered from depression and anxiety since his mid teens and describes himself as a part-time insomniac. “Although the play itself is not a carbon copy of my own life, I felt a very strong connection with the character and his current emotional state”, Rimmer says. “I understand how he’s feeling at this point in his life”.

Rimmer has enlisted the skills and talents of Canadian-born director Alec Wheeler to take his play from the page to the stage. Wheeler has been busy dividing her time between Writer's Block and her current position as Programme & Partnerships Manager for Young and Hungry Arts Trust.

Also, lending her talents as Lighting and Sound Technician, is Julia Campbell, a Wellington-based freelance video artist who has a large amount of Fringe experience.

Writer's Block will be performed as part of Wellington Fringe Festival's 2011 season at Whitireia Performing Arts Centre's new location at 25-27 Vivian Street. The season will be 3rd-5th March at 7.30 pm plus an additional performance on 5th March at 3.00pm. Tickets $12, $10 unwaged.

Book at

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Pretty Maids All In A Row - Mary Queen of Scots

The disproportionate attention paid by the film industry to a figure of minor historical significance once again confirms that any story involving sex, murder, and political intrigue will always trump historical accuracy at the box office. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Wild at Heart - The Happy Prince and At Eternity's Gate

Besides being exact contemporaries who were born and died prematurely within a year of each other, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh shared the cautionary experience of being outcast and repudiated in their brief lifetimes. More>>

"Our Pride": Auckland Pride 2019 Programme Announcement

Auckland Pride Festival returns in 2019, celebrating the diversity of the rainbow experience in Tāmaki Makaurau and reconnecting with grassroots communities across the region, fromFebruary 1-17. More>>


Sir Stephen Robert Tindall, KNZM"Congratulations To Our Honours Recipients"

One hundred and ninety six New Zealanders were congratulated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for their contributions to New Zealand and our communities… More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland