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Duration: One hour, 10am, Saturday 12 March 2016

Part of the 2016 New Zealand Festival Writers Week
Featuring Anthony McCarten
In conversation with Miranda Harcourt

The Theory of Anthony

What are the keys to Anthony McCarten’s success? From Ladies Night to The Theory of Everything; Wellington to Hollywood – Not only is Anthony an internationally successful writer and producer for stage and screen, nominated for Academy Awards, and winner of BAFTA awards, he has also written several best-selling novels translated into 14 languages.

Circa Theatre is delighted to be hosting Anthony as we celebrate and remember such productions as Yellow Canary Mazurka, Via Satellite, Weeds and F.I.L.T.H. 

The Theory of Anthony will be followed by a reading of funnygirl at 2pm.

Spotlight on Playwrights

It’s Circa’s 40th birthday and in true Circa tradition, New Zealand playwrights are centre stage.  Circa will celebrate the 100+ New Zealand playwrights whose work has captivated audiences over the years in a Spotlight on Playwrights; from Roger Hall’s first play Glide Time in 1976 to Kate De Goldi’s The ACB with Honora Lee adapted for stage by Jane Waddell in 2016.  There will be events, stimulating panel discussions, and a reading of Anthony McCarten’s new work funnygirl in which he dramatises his explosive novel – a plea for tolerance and freedom for individuals and art.  A High Tea in honour of Circa stalwart Roger Hall will be hosted by Playmarket New Zealand.

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Anthony Mc Carten

Anthony McCarten was born and raised in New Plymouth. He worked as a reporter with The Taranaki Herald before studying for an Arts degree at Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington, where he studied creative writing with Bill Manhire. He has written many plays, film scripts, and seven novels.  He received early international success with his play Ladies Night. His film The Theory of Everything, about the life of Professor Stephen Hawking, earned him two Academy Award nominations and won him two BAFTAs (as screenwriter and film producer).
Anthony McCarten, Writer