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Dan Bain writes his own standup material and his world-touring Dan Tastik: Organised Mayhem show. He has written the comedy/cabaret shows Going Bald, Sharp and Orphansof Comedy (NZ Comedy Festival), Flush: Dark Circus for Wellington Fringe and Kiwianafor Chant etDanse. Three of his silent clown shows for children have been optioned and produced by the Court Theatre. Dan recently completed a silent version of The Gingerbread Man (With Carl Nixon). His theatre writing credits include Stag Weekend (with Brendon Bennetts) and Gameplan for Young and Hungry, Wellington.
Rebecca an entymology student, gets a job in a call-centre. It doesn't work out very well for her. Feeling resentful and powerless, and after a conversation with Sir David Attenborough (in her dreams), she sets out on a path of revenge. (17′33″)
Cast: Kate McGill as Rebecca, Emma Kinane as Liz, Esmee Meyers as Rose, Jennifer Martin as Jill, Jack Sergent as Carl and Ray Henwood as Sir David Attenborough.
Birds Embarrassed Bees by Dan Bain A quirky take on a young romance with the awkwardness of a protective younger sister. (17′35″)
Cast: Alex Greig as Martin, Chelsea Bognuda as Maria, Aroha White as Shanna, Jennifer martin as Jasmine and Duncan Smith as Mr Williams.
Since finishing her screenwriting degree at Whitireia Polytechnic in 2011, Rebecca has been working on several short and feature length projects. She has a penchant for writing genre films, many of which end up containing tentacles, sasquatches, or robot clones. Rebecca is currently writing a major multi-episode series for RNZ Drama. The series is set in a future New Zealand where technology has become insidiously controlling in New Zealand society and is causing social and personal upheaval.
A dark and quirky little comedy about a disenchanted WINZ client. Recorded as part of the audio drama training module 2011 at Toi Whakaari and featuring four final year students. (14′09″)
Cast: Tawanda Manyimo, Hayley Brown, Te Rina Thompson, Lean Waddham
Christine Cessford completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts, majoring in scriptwriting, at Unitec, then divorced, had a baby and didn't do any writing for around 10 years. In 2011 she began writing again. In 2011 Christine attended a RNZ workshop on writing radio drama and her play, Harden Up Miss Havisham, was one of six winners in the New Shorts playwriting competition. She has since completed a course on scriptwriting for television at the Institute of Modern Letters at VUW. Christine has been a journalist for more years than she cares to count but likes writing drama because she enjoys putting words in her characters' mouths and finds it a lot more fun than reporting what real people actually say.
Harden Up Miss Havisham by Christine Cessford Sandy is writing an essay about the Dickens character. As she writes Sandy is forced to rethink her attitude to her own impending marriage. (21′31″)
Cast: Amy Tarleton, Emily Regtien, Susan Wilson, Judith Gibson
Sunil Narshai considers himself to be an occasional writer. His previous credits include the short film The Customer Is Always Trite (writer) and the television sketch comedy A Thousand Apologies (co-writer). Pedantic Schmedantic is his first excursion into audio drama.
James is suffering from a bad case of pedantry and is forced to join Pedantics Anonymous. (15′16″)
Cast: Chris Brougham as James, Aroha White as Michelle. Other roles were played by Nigel Collins, Jack Sergent and Richard Osborne.
Joseph Edward Ryan was born in New Zealand and raised around the Waikato district in various small country towns. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and currently lives in Wellington.
Peter and Harold plan to get rich by robbing the old man who lives in the isolated rundown mansion. The old man makes a deal with them that does not work in their favour. (18′15″)
Cast: Nick Dunbar, Hadleigh Walker, Michael Elsworth
Puawai Swindells-Wallace (Ngai Tahu) was born in Christchurch. She is the eldest of four. In 2011 she completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Creative Writing from Whitireia Polytechnic in Wellington. Although currently studying to be an engineer, she think she will always be a writer.
The final New Shorts winner. In New Zealand in the year 3100, a scientist clones a Maori woman from the 1800s. The woman struggles to make sense of the world around her. (13′09″)
Cast: Nancy Brunning as Hine, James Winter as Dr Label and Phil Grieve as John Doherty. Other roles were played by Lynda Chanwai-Earl, Justine Murray and Duncan Smith.
Short plays by emerging writers and writers new to audio drama.
Each year the Radio NZ drama department runs writing-for-radio drama workshops throughout New Zealand, where the participants are invited to submit a 15-minute radio drama script to the New Shorts competition. The drama department chooses between three and six scripts for development and production.
A number of new writers have gone on the receive commissions for full-length radio dramas.
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