15 Feb 2015

The Crash by Abby Howells

From the collecton New Shorts

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.