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BREAKING AND ENTERING – a writing workshop
NEW CONVENOR: Angie Farrow
NEW DATE: Saturday 22 August 10am – 4pm
Circa Theatre is delighted to be hosting this third workshop for NZ women playwrights, convened by award-winning playwright Angie Farrow (The Blue Balloon, Toronto: Despatch, USA; Privitus, Edinburgh; Before the Birds; Leo Rising, Auckland).
The title BREAKING AND ENTERING was suggested by playwright Renée Taylor as “a metaphor for the idea that writers have an idea that breaks into their mind and then they take hold of it and use it to enter the world of the script.”
Kerryn Palmer will curate a public reading of work inspired by the workshop on Sunday 20 September at 2pm at Circa Theatre.
Please register your interest with firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 1 August 2020. Only 20 places available.
Angie was a Professor in Theatre at Massey University, Palmerston North until a year ago when she moved to Wellington. Angie writes for theatre and radio and has five anthologies of her plays published in Australia and New Zealand. These include Falling and Other Short Plays which features fourteen of her short works. She has won numerous international prizes and awards for her plays including first prize at The Inspirato International Playwriting Contest (The Blue Balloon, Toronto,) winner of The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition (Despatch, USA); and a Fringe First Award (Privitus, Edinburgh). Nationally, she was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Drama’ by the Playwrights’ Association of New Zealand, was winner of the Adam Playwriting Award for Best Play by a Woman (Before the Birds) and achieved Best Drama Script at the Auckland Short and Sweet Festival (Leo Rising, Auckland,). Her short plays have featured in festivals in India, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, the UK, the USA, France and Singapore.
She believes in the power of theatre to change hearts and minds and has a particular interest in writing plays which encourage new ways of thinking about our political and social cultures. Her plays The River and Before the Birds, for example, dealt with local ecological and social concerns and were written for large casts drawn from the local community.