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The play’s the thing, Victor Rodger

Southern Stage John Broughton, Oscar Kightley and Erolia Ifopo, Gary Henderson, and Carl Nixon Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607662 These four plays all have a connection to the mainland, via either their setting, their writers or, in most cases, both. However,…
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Plays and playmaking, Mark Houlahan

Performing Dramaturgy Fiona Graham Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607648 Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa Lisa Warrington and David O’Donnell ISBN 9781988531076 Dawn Raids Oscar Kightley Playmarket, $18.00, ISBN 97809080607631 “What is a dramaturg?” I overheard that question earlier this year…
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The play’s the thing, Mark Houlahan

Best Playwriting Book Ever Roger Hall Playmarket, $22.00, ISBN 9780908607600 Shift Alison Quigan, Vivienne Plumb and Lynda Chanwai-Earle Playmarket, $35.00, ISBN 9780908607617 Bats Plays Ken Duncum and Rebecca Rodden Playmarket, $30.00, ISBN 9781776560899 To review Best Playwriting Book Ever, I…
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Courage, candour and bloody-mindedness, Frances Edmond

Playscripts Victor Rodger: Black Faggot and Other Plays Victoria University Press, $35.00 ISBN 9781776561032 “Life will always leave fiction for dead”: Victor Rodger, in the New Zealand Herald, summing up his life experience, thus far. Rodger’s upbringing is certainly uncommon…
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Young, gifted, female and brown, Elizabeth Crayford

Fale Aitu|Spirit House Tusiata Avia Victoria University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776560646 Tail of the Taniwha Courtney Sina Meredith Beatnik Publishing, $30.00, ISBN 9780992264895 Lucky Punch Simone Kaho Anahera Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473367510 Before Tusiata Avia’s Fale Aitu|Spirit House was published,…
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Stories on stage, Mark Houlahan

The Plays of Bruce Mason: A Survey John Smythe Playmarket and Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560554 Here/Now: 8 Plays by Award-Winning New Zealand Playwrights David O’Donnell (ed) Playmarket, $35.00, ISBN 9780908 607594 John Smythe’s survey of the plays of…
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Theatre for life Lisa Warrington

Rebellious Mirrors: Community-based Theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand Paul Maunder Canterbury University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781927145456 Twenty New Zealand Playwrights Michelanne Forster and Vivienne Plumb Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607471 Though differing in approach, tone and content, there are strong connections between…
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Lordania revisited, Laurie Atkinson

Three Plays  Robert Lord (Phillip Mann ed) Playmarket, $30.00, ISBN 9780908607464 The playwright Robert Lord died in Dunedin on January 7th, 1992. His last play, Joyful and Triumphant, was premiered seven weeks later at Circa Theatre on February 20th as…
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National theatrics, John Callen

Playmarket 40: 40 Years of Playwriting in New Zealand Laurie Atkinson (ed) Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607457 Ask an actor or director to speak at a function or write something about theatre, and there’s a good chance they’ll presume it’s themselves…
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The one and the many, Helen Watson White

Urbanesia: Four Pasifika Plays Courtney Sina Meredith, Vela Manusaute, Victor Rodger, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Nathaniel Lees Playmarket, $40.00, ISBN 9780908607433 Haruru Mai Briar Grace-Smith Strange Resting Places Paolo Rotondo and Rob Mokaraka Playmarket, $32.00, ISBN 9780908607440 In 2012, nearing…
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