New Shorts

2015 Shorts Season

The Worst Best Night of Our Lives by Teresa Bass

Becca has been dumped by her fiance after the honeymoon in Rarotonga had been paid for so she takes her gay best friend Howie along instead.


Cast: Carrie Green, Simon Leary, Andrew Patterson and Ricky Dey

Engineered by Phil Benge and produced by Duncan Smith

Inspired by a Limbo Contest and a Bottle of Bubbly

Teresa Bass Photo for New ShortsWriter, Teresa Bass admits to a secret desire to be invited aboard a super-yacht by a charming, attractive young gentleman. Who doesn’t?

Well, that desire may not yet have been fulfilled but there are some other experiences that have come Teresa’s way and which have inspired her.  One of those is a fabulous island holiday taken with one of her best friends and during which her buddy really did win the limbo contest and score the top prize – a complimentary bottle of bubbles.

When asked about her intentions in writing her prize-winning short play, The Worst/Best Night of our Lives, Teresa said “I thought it would be fun to play with different locations, from a raging party to a rubber dinghy in the middle of the ocean, in a way I could only do on the radio. After all, a film producer would take one look at the script and laugh me out of the room, slam the door, then open it briefly just to get a final laugh in, and slam it again.”

After completing her BFA in Drama at New York University, Teresa worked as a theatre producer in New York City at Ars Nova Theatre and as the Artistic Director of the Pit, a position she held for five years. She relocated to Wellington in 2009 where she recently she completed her MA in Scriptwriting with the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. Outside of writing, Teresa also works in the refugee resettlement sector in New Zealand and as an international aid worker for New Zealand Red Cross.

Actually two of Teresa’s plays were winners in the New Shorts Playwriting competition, The Worst Best Night and another, The Big Squeak – a tongue-in-cheek noir thriller about a mouse attempting escape from a laboratory.

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The Big Squeak by Teresa Bass

A street wise mouse called Marlow is stuck in a lab, planning his escape.


Cast: Andrew Grainger, Amanda Billing and Leon Wadham

Engineered by Phil Benge and produced by Jason Te Kare.

About Teresa Bass

After completing her BFA in Drama at New York University, Teresa worked as a theatre producer in New York City for five years before moving to Wellington in 2009. Last year she completed her MA in Scriptwriting with the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. Outside of writing, Teresa also works in the refugee resettlement sector in New Zealand and as an international aid worker for New Zealand Red Cross.

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The Crash by Abby Howells

A couple are literally thrown together in the body of a crashed car. Is this the end of the road?


Cast: Alex Greig, Liz Kirkman

Engineered by Phil Benge and produced by Duncan Smith.

Another win for Abby brings Howells of support

Abby Howells short play The Crash is one of the winners in the 2015 New Shorts Playwriting Competition run each year by RNZ Drama. But The Crash is not Abby’s only success. She has recently completed an MA in Scriptwriting from the International Institute of Modern Letters and was awarded the Brad McGann award for film writing for her screenplay Standing Up. Prior to that she won Best Comedy at the Dunedin Fringe in both 2012 and 2013, for her work as a stand-up comedian and as part of her all female comedy collective, 'Discharge.' As well, as if that’s not enough, Abby has written numerous shows for 'Discharge' - most notably Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die, for a sell-out season at BATS theatre last year.

Abby's next project is 28 Days: A Period Piece, a brand new musical premiering at BATS Theatre on February 19th as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival. The setting is around the final dress rehearsal for a TIE show called “28 Days”- a show about menstruation about to tour around schools.

The men on the board of the funding body have given it support because they think it will be “an honest, fun and educational exploration of every girl’s path to womanhood”. But the tone of musical numbers like “Periods Are Fun for Everyone!” and “Get Out of the Pool – Aunt Flo’s in Town!” suggests the original ‘fun’ proposal may have changed somewhat.

Driven by their own memories of periods past, the women begin to devise a quite different show that tells the truth about menstruation.

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Out of Frame by Miranda Wilson

Janet Frame invites a bunch of literary pals around for a ham sandwich – or does she?


Cast: Miranda Manasiadis, Carrie Green, Patrick Davies, Jason Whyte, Jessica Robinson, Jon Pheloung, Paul Waggott

Engineered by Phil Benge and produced by Prue Langbein

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The cast of Out of Frame.

About Out of Frame

By Miranda Wilson

If you’re deeply interested in the origins of Out of Frame and you’ve got around $800.00 in your pocket and 12 weeks to kill, enrol in English 355 at the University of Auckland and you’ll get the gist. If you don’t care at all but are craving a compelling encounter with the works of F.E. Maning, Katherine Mansfield, Ursula Bethell, Allen Curnow, C.K. Stead and Janet Frame, courtesy of Associate Professor Alex Calder, enrol anyway – you won’t regret a cent. You may even find the need to prolong the encounter by writing something that attempts to evoke the peril and allure of a particular kind of uncertainty that reaches across decades to link the works of these writers. You may imagine characters that may or may not bear the slightest resemblance to the writers mentioned above converging in a bach somewhere, that may or may not exist, in the grip of a sense of the instability/fragility in the idea of home and place, seized with the anticipation of a sudden devastating and unwelcome rift or separation, in thrall to what Janet Fame calls in Living in the Maniototo, the “break in the surface of things”. Or you may not. Good luck.

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Hope by Tracey Schuyt

A rugby test, a traffic jam and a woman in labour. Being a police officer in New Zealand can be a tough job, especially when you're having an affair with a colleague.


Cast: Jessica Robinson, Jamie McCaskill, Nancy Brunning, Ngakopa Volkerling, Sonny Tupu and Sadwyn Brophy. Other voices: Adam Macaulay and Francesca Emms.

Engineered by Phil Benge and produced by Jason Te Kare

About Tracey Schuyt

Tracey ShuytTracey Schuyt lives high on a hill in Wellington. She was an accountant in a previous life and in more recent times completed a Graduate Diploma in English Literature at Victoria University. She spent 2014 studying Creative Writing at Whitireia Polytechnic and loved every minute of it. This is her first attempt at writing audio drama and she is in awe of the fabulous actors who made her script come alive. In 2015 she continues to explore different areas of Creative Writing at the IIML in Kelburn.

 

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