• Black Faggot & Other Plays
    Black Faggot & Other Plays
    ISBN: 9781776561032
    Title: Black Faggot & Other Plays

    Three darkly provocative and ground-breaking plays by award-winning playwright Victor Rodger explore what it means to be gay and Samoan in contemporary New Zealand. The collection includes Black Faggot (2012), At the Wake (2012) and Club Paradiso (2015). Victor Rodger is an award-winning playwright of Samoan and Scottish heritage. His first play, Sons, debuted in 1995. Since then he has eight other plays produced, both nationally and internationally. He has held writing residencies at the University of Canterbury, the University of Hawaii and Otago University. He is currently the writer in residence at Victoria University of Wellington.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • End of the Golden Weather
    End of the Golden Weather
    ISBN: 9780864732729
    Title: End of the Golden Weather
    Author: MASON BRUCE

    The story of a young boy's extarordinary summer on a beach holiday, "The End of the Golden Weather" is a touchstone of the New Zealand experience.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa
    Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9781988531076
    Title: Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa

    is book celebrates 30 years of Pasifika theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Pacific Underground, Pacific Theatre, The Laughing Samoans, The Conch, The Naked Samoans, Kila Kokonut Krew - the distinctive style and themes of Pasifika theatre have been developed by many individuals and theatre companies in New Zealand. Authors Lisa Warrington and David O'Donnell have interviewed over 30 theatre practitioners to tell the story of Pasifika theatre in Aotearoa from 1984 to 2015. This lively book showcases playwrights, directors and performers whose heritage lies in Samoa, Niue, Fiji, Tonga, Tokelau and the Cook Islands. Extracts from the interviews are threaded throughout the book, providing often entertaining insights into their history and creative practice. While the immigrant experience of living in two worlds is often seen as troubled, the authors suggest that this 'in-between-ness' has been turned to advantage in Pasifika theatre to create a unique and often subversive performance phenomenon. Not only is Pasifika theatre a success story within the performing arts in New Zealand, it is also an intriguing case study of migrant theatre that has international resonance.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Foreskin's Lament
    Foreskin's Lament
    ISBN: 9780864730312
    Title: Foreskin's Lament
    Author: MCGEE GREG

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Plays of Bruce Mason OP
    Plays of Bruce Mason OP
    ISBN: 9781776560554
    Title: Plays of Bruce Mason OP
    Author: SMYTHE JOHN

    Bruce Mason (1921–1982) was a playwright by vocation and widely regarded as New Zealand’s best. Yet while The Pohutukawa Tree,
    The End of the Golden Weather and Awatea have enjoyed great success, his seven other full length plays have unaccountably been
    ignored. His four award-winning short plays, a comic operetta, three other solo plays and many review sketches have also slipped below time’s horizon. Then there are his teleplays: three broadcast after his death and one that was never produced.
    The Plays of Bruce Mason is the first comprehensive survey of Mason’s dramatic works. In capturing particular times, places and people
    with eloquent insight, humanity and wit, his plays invariably distil timeless and universal themes with distinction. In this critical overview, Smythe interrogates each text to reveal a master craftsman’s artistry, at the cutting edge of socio-political awareness.
    Revelations about Mason’s private life, necessarily secret at the time, and the discovery of a very personal play text, add to our understanding of his works. This book makes a strong case for Mason’s plays being re-evaluated and taking their rightful place in contemporary New Zealand theatre.
    John Smythe’s freelance career as a writer, actor, director, teacher and theatre critic spans five decades. His professional acting
    career began at Downstage and in the New Zealand Players Drama Quartet. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia, he stayed on for a further 15 years, working in theatre, television and film. Returning in 1985 to New Zealand, he has pursued a varied career as an actor and as a writer for stage, screen, print and the internet. After seven years as a theatre critic for the
    National Business Review, Smythe founded theatrereview.org.nz and remains its managing editor. He is the author of a novel, The Peace Monster (Vintage 1991), and Downstage Upfront: the first 40 years of New Zealand’s longest-running professional theatre (VUP

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Wellington Summer Shakespeare 1983 - 2017
    Wellington Summer Shakespeare 1983 - 2017
    ISBN: 9781776560981
    Title: Wellington Summer Shakespeare 1983 - 2017

    Since its first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1983, the Wellington Summer Shakespeare has become an unmissable annual event, staging some of the liveliest Shakespeare productions performed in New Zealand. Over 33 years, the Summer Shakespeare has enthralled audiences, introduced new generations of theatregoers to Shakespeare in performance, and played a formative role in the early careers of many of New Zealand’s leading creatives. Wellington Summer Shakespeare 1983–2017 collects photos, ephemera and memories from some of the plays’ directors to document the evolution of Wellington’s only large-scale, large-cast, outdoor theatre event.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00