• & What Remains
    & What Remains
    ISBN: 9780958282000
    Title: & What Remains
    Author: GEORGE MIRIA

    Controversial and challenging theatre from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her family have departed. They have all departed. All of them. All Maori. A potential future. As her boarding call nears, the weary Mary is confronted by Peter, bringing with him revelations of why her family have departed. She is joined by others, Solomon, an anxious young man awaiting his first flight abroad; Ana, a restless young cleaner and the worldly wise Ila. Though they have their own reasons for departing, not of all them will leave today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Bats Plays
    Bats Plays
    ISBN: 9781776560899
    Title: Bats Plays
    Author: DUNCUM KEN & RODDEN REBECCA

    Six seminal plays from Ken Duncum and Rebecca Rodden, whose playwriting partnership powered the vibrant theatre scene round Wellington’s BATS Theatre in the 1980s and 90s.

    Boldly inventive, darkly comic and ceaselessly imaginative, the plays collected here present a chilling one-woman vision of alienation (Polythene Pam); the comic and tragic impossibility of human connection (Truelove); an irresponsible punk couple horrified to find they’ve become parents to the Messiah (Flybaby); conjoined twins plunged into an off-kilter world of rampant advertising, animal terrorism and a perfume made from monkey semen (cult-classic JISM); a real-life 20th-century martyr tested to his limits in the afterlife by a vengeful gang of defrocked saints (The Temptations of St Max); and the not-so-quiet desperation of a fearful hoarder fighting to survive the night hours (Panic!).

    Supporting the plays are introductions and selected images from the writers and other BATS practitioners which vividly recapture a crucial time and place in New Zealand’s theatre history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Billy
    Billy
    ISBN: 9780864732057
    Title: Billy
    Author: O'SULLIVAN VINCENT

    Set in the New South Wales penal colony in the 1820s, Billy focuses on seven middle-class English men and women - their fears, their hopes, their uncertainties about the new land they find themselves in. Their transported drawing room sits uneasily against the fierce unknowns of its Australian backdrop and the play skilfully probes the cracks in the facade of colonial culture. At the centre of the drama is Billy, a deaf-mute Aboriginal servant. The object of fear, derision, and also affection, it is Billy who receives the secrets of his masters.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Black Faggot & Other Plays
    Black Faggot & Other Plays
    ISBN: 9781776561032
    Title: Black Faggot & Other Plays
    Author: RODGER VICTOR

    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
    $35.00
  • Black Milk
    Black Milk
    ISBN: 9781877517099
    Title: Black Milk
    Author: WRIGHT DOUGLAS

    During his career Douglas Wright established himself as New Zealand's leading contemporary dancer and choreographer. He started out with the Limbs Dance Company in 1980, then worked in New York with the Paul Taylor Company and DV8 Physical Theatre in London before forming the Douglas Wright Dance Company in Auckland in 1989. During this time he created over 30 major dance works, which culminated in his 2006 masterpiece 'Black Milk', his last major work. The dance critic Jennifer Shennan wrote, 'In my opinion, this is Wright's, New Zealand's, and dare I say it, the world's finest choreography. I dare.' Black Milk is a permanent record of this extraordinary piece of dance theatre, built largely around the remarkable images of Auckland photographer John Savage. When seeing these images Douglas Wright commented: When I saw John's first pictures of a performance I felt that here, for the only time in my experience in photography, someone had managed to capture the breathless sorcery of live dance-theatre without pulling its wings off.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $51.00
    $51.00
  • Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl
    Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl
    ISBN: 554110320164
    Title: Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl
    Author: PARRY LORAE

    A dramatic piece compiled from the letters of Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and others of the Bloomsbury Group.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Cape
    Cape
    ISBN: 9781877319112
    Title: Cape
    Author: PLUMB VIVIENNE

    The year is 1994. Kurt Cobain is dead; but Eb, Mo, Arthur and Jordyn are seventeen years old, on the road and very much alive. They are making a journey north to the leaping place of the spirits -- Cape Reinga. A story about that moment in every young persons life when they leave the child behind and are forced to accept adulthood. (1 act; 4 male - 17 years old).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Cherish
    Cherish
    ISBN: 9780864734938
    Title: Cherish
    Author: DUNCUM KEN

    The interpersonal conflicts waged between two struggling gay couples and the children they share are charted in this tragic play about the sobering incompatibility of good intentions and the cold reality of human needs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Children of the Poor
    Children of the Poor
    ISBN: 9780908607587
    Title: Children of the Poor
    Author: THOMPSON MERVYN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Collected Plays
    Collected Plays
    ISBN: 9781877577925
    Title: Collected Plays
    Author: SMITH CAMPBELL

    An anthology to celebrate Campbell Smith's honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Daughters of Heaven
    Daughters of Heaven
    ISBN: 9780864732408
    Title: Daughters of Heaven
    Author: FORSTER MICHELANNE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Dawn Raids
    Dawn Raids
    ISBN: 9780908607631
    Title: Dawn Raids
    Author: KIGHTLEY OSCAR

    Tension is rising in 1970s New Zealand.

    Muldoon’s government is cracking down on illegal immigration and the notorious dawn raids are ripping Pasifika families from their beds. At the eye of this political storm, everyday New Zealanders like Sione struggle to keep their families united. Fuarosa, the family’s resident overstayer, fights against the chaos to keep hold of her freedom, and Sione’s sister Teresa might be getting in too deep with black rights activists.

    First staged in 1997, Dawn Raids is just as confronting and relevant now as it has ever been. Oscar Kightley pulls no punches and brings the play to life with his trademark hilarity and wit.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
    $18.00
  • Daylight Athiest Playscript
    Daylight Athiest Playscript
    ISBN: 1223060320180
    Title: Daylight Athiest Playscript
    Author: SCOTT TOM


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.50
    $24.50
  • Despatch: a Play
    Despatch: a Play
    ISBN: 9781927242995
    Title: Despatch: a Play
    Author: FARROW ANGIE

    Hannah Danson is a hard-bitten New Zealand foreign correspondent who has already served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Somalia. Along with her photographer lover, Richie, she finds herself in a war zone covering the story of a genocide. At the heart of the story is a Catholic nun, Sister Mala, whose involvement in the genocide drives Hannah into an obsessive quest to discover her whereabouts. The journey to find the truth takes her from observer/commentator on the war to active participant.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Don't Mention Casablanca
    Don't Mention Casablanca
    ISBN: 9780473297596
    Title: Don't Mention Casablanca
    Author: FORSTER MICHELANNE

    Casablanca is one of our most loved classic films. Its director,
    Michael Curtiz, was a famous maverick and a charismatic
    Hollywood figure. But behind the glamour of his movie sets,
    Curtiz left a legacy of heartbreak and scandal.
    Award-winning New Zealand playwright Michelanne Forster
    discovered as a teenager that she was Curtiz’s granddaughter.
    In Don’t Mention Casablanca, she uncovers the story of her
    grandmother Thilde Foerster’s bittersweet relationship with
    this Hungarian Casanova, and its effect on her father, Curtiz’s
    illegitimate son.
    As a struggling screenwriter and a staunch mother, Thilde
    moves among sparkling filmstars and South American border
    guards as she manufactures her son’s escape from Hitler’s
    Europe, all the while trying to get Curtiz to acknowledge his
    son and help to save his life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Downfall Nz History Plays
    Downfall Nz History Plays
    ISBN: 9780473262761
    Title: Downfall Nz History Plays
    Author: FORSTER MICHELANNE

    Downfall: Three New Zealand History Plays is ideal for students and teachers of drama and for those with an interest in New Zealand’s rich heritage.

    These three plays by acclaimed playwright Michelanne Forster (Daughters of Heaven) have intrigued audiences in productions in New Zealand and overseas.

    Te Keni explores the fraught relationship between Maori and Pakeha in the early colonial period.

    Larnach reveals the dynamics of the prominent family that established Larnach Castle in Dunedin.

    My Heart Is Bathed in Blood examines the tragic story of a betrayed young house surgeon in 1950s Otago who exacts bloody revenge.

    Each play is introduced with an essay that provides historical context and performance history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Downstage Upfront
    Downstage Upfront
    ISBN: 9780864734891
    Title: Downstage Upfront
    Author: SMYTHE JOHN

    New Zealand's first and longest running professional theater company, the Downstage Theatre in Wellington, is celebrated in this large and lavishly illustrated document of its 40-year life span. From conception to maturity, this history covers the theater's dramas both on- and off-stage, the larger-than-life personalities involved throughout, and the groundbreaking theatrical productions that for four decades have brought extraordinary life to New Zealand's theater community.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Eating the Wolf/2b or Nt 2b
    Eating the Wolf/2b or Nt 2b
    ISBN: 9780908607365
    Title: Eating the Wolf/2b or Nt 2b
    Author: DELAHUNTY SARAH

    A tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story, where Grandmother takes matters into her own hands, eating the wolf and running for Prime Minister. Along the way, we meet other liberated fairy-tale heroines, including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rose Red. Written to be performed with live cello music. "Eating the Wolf is a must-see for anyone who has wrestled with gender-politics, be they axe or mop wielders, corporate or home executives ... like [Caryl] Churchill's plays, it should play around the world." John Smythe, National Business Review. "... cleverly written and cynical take on the traditional Red Riding Hood story." Ewan Coleman, Dominion Post

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Eugenia
    Eugenia
    ISBN: 9780864733047
    Title: Eugenia
    Author: PARRY LORAE

    A play for six actors. It is set in 1916, and tells the story of Eugenia Martelli, who lived as a man and married a woman while keeping her gender secret. The story unfolds inside the development of a school play based on Eugenia's life. The play was first performed at Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington in January 1996. Lorae Parry has also published the plays 'Frontwomen' and 'Cracks'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Falling & Other Short Plays
    Falling & Other Short Plays
    ISBN: 9781927242674
    Title: Falling & Other Short Plays
    Author: FARROW ANGIE

    These plays have worked successfully in New Zealand and overseas with small theatre companies, tertiary and secondary students. Short plays are a passion for Angie Farrow: "I enjoy the fun of trying to say a lot with very little, pressing something huge into a small container. A short play is like a highly charged battery: full of locked-in energy that can fuel an intensity of drama."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Fifty Fifty
    Fifty Fifty
    ISBN: 9780705507813
    Title: Fifty Fifty
    Author: HALL ROGER

    George, 54, cannot understand why his wife left him. She offered no real explanation and, in his terms, he had always treated her decently. The play looks at the problems of redundancy and unemployment, and by the end we may more fully understand the wife's decision.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
    $16.00
  • Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa
    Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9781988531076
    Title: Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa
    Author: WARRINGTON LISA & O'DONNELL DAVID

    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
    $40.00
  • Fold & Shudder
    Fold & Shudder
    ISBN: 9781877319013
    Title: Fold & Shudder
    Author: HALL PIP & RANDERSON JO

    Two one act plays from two of New Zealand's leading young playwrights, which both began as hits of Young and Hungry Festivals at BATS Theatre, Wellington. 'Fold' is set among five grisly birthday celebrations arranged and grimly enjoyed by five jaundiced and peculiar partygoers. The ugly views and behaviour of this group of weird, semi-clothed acquaintances finally degenerates into a chaotic soup of insecurity, obsession and scary self-analysis, as they sense their putrid attitudes becoming increasingly absurd and irrelevant. (1 act, 5 male, 4 female). 'Shudder' has been described as 'Under Milkwood on acid'. The play takes a contemporary look at the colourful underworld of Wellington's subcultures. Follow the lives of Sleezeboy, Polly and a cast of thousands as they slowly begin to realise all is not right with the world. What will people say and do when the big one hits? Do we get down on our knees and pray, or go out looting? A stylistic ensemble drama. (1 act, 8 male, 11 female).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Foreskin's Lament
    Foreskin's Lament
    ISBN: 9780864730312
    Title: Foreskin's Lament
    Author: MCGEE GREG


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Frangipani Perfume & Mapaki
    Frangipani Perfume & Mapaki
    ISBN: 9781877319075
    Title: Frangipani Perfume & Mapaki
    Author: URALE MAKERITA & FUEMANA DIANNA

    'Frangipani Perfume' brings fresh insight into the reality of Pacific Island women in New Zealand. Urale examines the tension between tradition and the reality of living in contemporary Western society. This is a powerful and accessible play, defined by its dynamic characterisations, and skating along the borders between broad comedy, feminist politics and the gentle lyricism of images and language originating in the natural beauty of the Pacific Islands. (1 act, 3 female). 'Mapaki' is a critically acclaimed one woman play, first performed by the author, Mapaki is the Niuean word for broken. This is a powerful work about a Niuean woman (Fisi) who is a victim of domestic violence and fantasy. Mapaki seeks to explore the emotional fragility and understanding Fisi undertakes to overcome her abusive situation. (1 act, 1 female).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Frontwomen
    Frontwomen
    ISBN: 9780473021719
    Title: Frontwomen
    Author: PARRY LORAE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Haruru Mai/strange Resting Places
    Haruru Mai/strange Resting Places
    ISBN: 9780908607440
    Title: Haruru Mai/strange Resting Places
    Author: GRACE-SMITH BRIAR


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Here/now: 8 Plays by Award-winning Nz Playwrights
    Here/now: 8 Plays by Award-winning Nz Playwrights
    ISBN: 9780908607594
    Title: Here/now: 8 Plays by Award-winning Nz Playwrights


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Joyful & Triumphant
    Joyful & Triumphant
    ISBN: 9780864732422
    Title: Joyful & Triumphant
    Author: LORD ROBERT


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Ka Shue: Letters Home/foh Sarn: Fire Mountain
    Ka Shue: Letters Home/foh Sarn: Fire Mountain
    ISBN: 9780958231015
    Title: Ka Shue: Letters Home/foh Sarn: Fire Mountain
    Author: CHANWAI-EARLE LYNDA


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Lovelock's Dream Run
    Lovelock's Dream Run
    ISBN: 9780864732453
    Title: Lovelock's Dream Run
    Author: DAVID GEARY

    This play sets the well-known events of Jack Lovelock's Berlin Olympics in parallel with a conservative boarding school in New Zealand today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Me & Robert Mckee
    Me & Robert Mckee
    ISBN: 9781877319143
    Title: Me & Robert Mckee
    Author: MCGEE GREG

    Billy, a writer, is reliant on teaching scriptwriting for a living and the bottle for oblivion; his sense of self-worth is teetering on the edge. When Mac, his best friend, a banker and would-be producer, offers him a screenplay to write, the offer is not all it seems. . . &""Anyone can write . . . Writing is the great free market of artistic expression. There's no exams to pass, no subs to pay, no fees, no licence. It's open slather. Entirely self-regulatory. You can do whatever you please. Like banking.&"" A play for anyone who has tried to write a screenplay -- or teach creative writing . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Middle Age Spread
    Middle Age Spread
    ISBN: 9780864730329
    Title: Middle Age Spread
    Author: HALL ROGER

    Middle Age Spread is not just a repeat of Roger Hall's earlier success. Though the comic spirit prevails again - it is a play which is bound to raise laughter - it is never at the expense of one's conviction that this is indeed how life is.
    Three couples attend a dinner none of them wants to be at. Colin is in his 40s and just been appointed as a principal. The play shows Colin's doubts and anxieties about his job and role as teacher. A comic tragedy about the lives and marriages of middle-class, middle-aged New Zealanders.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Midnight in Moscow
    Midnight in Moscow
    ISBN: 9781877577376
    Title: Midnight in Moscow
    Author: PARKER DEAN

    Midnight in Moscow had the shortest main-venue run of any play in New Zealand. On its second night the curtain came down, followed next afternoon by the ceiling. This was the play that had just opened at the Court Theatre in Christchurch when the great earthquake of February 22 hit, killing 185 people. Here is the full text, together with a major introduction by the author. The play is set in Moscow, 1947; the introduction is set in Moscow, too, in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 and then at the demise of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Along the way the introduction takes in Burgess and Philby, Napier in the early 1960s, hippie London, New Zealand politics and theatre in the '70s, Christchurch and Mervyn Thompson and finally the present - the return of the mob.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Niu Sila Abridged Schools Version
    Niu Sila Abridged Schools Version
    ISBN: 9780170950336
    Title: Niu Sila Abridged Schools Version
    Author: KIGHTLEY OSCAR & ARMSTRONG DAVE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Nola Millar a Theatrical Life
    Nola Millar a Theatrical Life
    ISBN: 9780864735379
    Title: Nola Millar a Theatrical Life
    Author: GAITANOS SARAH

    The book tells the full story of the many aspects of Nola Millar's career, which also included important work as Reference Librarian at the Turnbull, and is illuminating about NZ theatre history and the social contexts within which Millar worked. It is illustrated with over 100 theatre and personal photographs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Nz Playscripts Three Radio Plays
    Nz Playscripts Three Radio Plays
    ISBN: 9780864730909
    Title: Nz Playscripts Three Radio Plays
    Author: SAMUEL FIONA


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Ophelia Thinks Harder
    Ophelia Thinks Harder
    ISBN: 9780958339322
    Title: Ophelia Thinks Harder
    Author: BETTS JEAN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Pass It On
    Pass It On
    ISBN: 9780864730442
    Title: Pass It On
    Author: RENEE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Playmarket 40: 40 Years of Playwriting in Nz
    Playmarket 40: 40 Years of Playwriting in Nz
    ISBN: 9780908607457
    Title: Playmarket 40: 40 Years of Playwriting in Nz
    Author: ATKINSON LAURIE & O'DONNELL DAVID (EDITORS)


    Playmarket 40

    Mark Amery, Laurie Atkinson, David O'Donnell, John Huria, Hone Kouka, Renee Liang, Alister McDonald, Kate Morris and Nonita Rees
    Edited by Laurie Atkinson

    From humble beginnings in a tiny nook opposite Downstage Theatre, Playmarket has advanced to become a key player in New Zealand’s national theatre landscape.

    Playmarket 40 celebrates the first forty years of achievement, from the development of the organisation itself to the evolution of local playwriting. With articles and introductions by playwrights Hone Kouka, Kate Morris and Renee Liang, Playmarket Directors Nonnita Rees, Mark Amery and Murray Lynch, and commentators Laurie Atkinson, David O'Donnell, John Huria and Alister McDonald, this is an essential volume for researchers, theatre students and theatregoers alike.

    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
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