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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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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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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Plays, Sociology

Strip-mines and elegies, Mark Houlahan

Slip Stream Paula Green Auckland University Press, $24.99, ISBN 9781869404628   Crumple Vivienne Plumb Seraph Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780473177171   Time of the Icebergs David Eggleton Otago University Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781877578021   The Radio Room Cilla McQueen Otago University…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Remind me where we are now, Nicholas Reid

Secret City Vivienne Plumb Cape Catley, $24.99, ISBN 090856189X Shot Sarah Quigley Virago, $34.95, ISBN 1860499635 What country am I in here? Characters get ideas from watching “5.30 With Jude”, there’s a reference to “old Maori guys”, and one of…
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Play it again, John Smythe

Red Light Means Stop: Six Super Solos from Aotearoa NZ ed Vivienne Plumb The Women’s Play Press, $27.95, ISBN 0958231001 Readers of this potent volume of mostly solo plays may engage with them as literature, as texts “auditioning” for production,…
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Poem — Vivienne Plumb

The Waiting Room   You are the space I have to go to before teeth, before tickets, before examination, and lying on the funny little bed, before the train, the plane, the exam, the interview, the sudden realisation, the notification,…
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More than a decent splash, Diana Bridge

Carnival of New Zealand Creatures Lauris Edmond Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473073188 I’ll Tell You This Much Vincent O’Sullivan Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 047306345X Avalanche  Vivienne Plumb Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473067056 Plunge Harry Ricketts Pemmican Press, $14.95, ISBN 0473076306…
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Confident variety, Phillip Mann

Love Knots Vivienne Plumb, $16.95 ISBN 0 9583393 1 7 Front Women Lorae Parry, $16.95 ISBN 0 473 02171 4 Cracks  Lorae Parry, $14.95 ISBN 0 958 339309 The Case of Katherine Mansfield  Cathy Downes, $16.95 ISBN 0 958 339333…
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The same old plot, Colleen Reilly

Like You, Really Kate Flannery, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep Vivienne Plumb, Otago University Press, $24.95 Best Friends Elspeth Sandys, David Ling, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson, Otago University…
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