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

 


Elisabeth Easther Wins 2014 Adam NZ Play Award

Elisabeth Easther Wins 2014 Adam NZ Play Award

MEDIA RELEASE

PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winner for 2014: Elisabeth Easther for her play SEED.

The Adam NZ Play Award recognises and celebrates the best in new writing for the theatre, and the judges described Seed as highly entertaining, funny and sophisticated.

Director of Playmarket Murray Lynch announced the win at Circa Theatre on 29 March 2014 alongside four other special award winners. Elisabeth also received the award for Best Play by a Woman Playwright. A rehearsed reading of Seed followed the announcement.

Elisabeth is an Auckland based writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and became a household name in the 90s for her memorable turn as Shortland Street's psychotic nurse, Carla. Elisabeth's plays include Raw, Salt, and Famous Flora (based on the life of Flora McKenzie, renowned Auckland madam, socialite, and raconteur). Elisabeth is a staff writer at The NZ Herald, is a regular contributor on Radio NZ National and is also a voice over artist, notably for Whittakers Chocolate and Sky TV. Seed will have its world premiere season at Auckland’s Basement Theatre, June 17 – 28, 2014.

Acclaimed actor and director Nancy Brunning was named as Co-Runner Up for her first play Hikoi, a moving and powerful play about a Maori family facing radical change in the 70s and 80s. Hikoi also won the award for Best Play by a Maori Writer, and will have its world premiere season at Circa Theatre, Wellington 28 June – 12 July 2014.

Pip Hall was also named as Co-Runner Up for her play Mule, an intriguing script about a conman seducing a vulnerable NZ woman into being a drug mule via the net. Pip is the current president of the New Zealand Writers Guild and has worked in theatre, film and television for almost 20 years as a playwright, writer, storyliner, story/script editor, developer, creative producer and actor.

Two awards of Highly Commended were given to Mei Lin Te Puea Hansen for her play The Mooncake and the Kumara and Sam Brooks for his play Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys.

The Adam NZ Play Award, now in its seventh year, is the only one of its kind for new writing. Playmarket’s only entrance requirements are that the playwright be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and that the play has not had a professional production. The freedom to submit plays of any length, style or cast size and without the burden of considering a play’s affordability or a theatre’s demands has inspired some outstanding work.

The award is generously funded by the Adam Foundation. Playmarket is also very grateful for the support of Circa Theatre, and our major funders: ASB Community Trust and Creative New Zealand.

ADAM AWARD WINNER 2014: Elisabeth Easther for Seed=

Runners-up: Pip Hall for Mule and Nancy Brunning for Hikoi

Best Play by a Woman Playwright: Elisabeth Easther for Seed

Best Play by a Maori Playwright: Nancy Brunning for Hikoi

Highly Commended: Mei-Lin Hansen for The Mooncake and the Kumara and Sam Brooks for Riding in Cars With (Mostly Straight) Boys

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news