24 May 2015

Playwright Albert Belz

From Te Ahi Kaa, 6:01 pm on 24 May 2015
Albert Belz

Albert Belz Photo: Robert Cross

Award-winning playwright Albert Belz (nō Ngāti Pōrou, Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Pokai) wrote for the first season of  Skin Writing - a series produced by Jason Te Kare as a radio drama platform for new emerging Māori writers.

With theatre I give different kinds of instructions,  I'm thinking more of the image. In radio I'm thinking how is it going to sound, what kind of audio is going to happen here, and what does the producer  or director need to see in their minds - Albert Belz

Albert Belz spent most of his life in Auckland, but grew up in Whakatane and Minginui in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  After a short stint playing Dr Ropata's Nephew Manny on Shortland Streeet in 1995, he turned down a second offer to play his character in the hospital drama, to focus on university. In 2001, Albert started his career as a writer for the screen and stage and a stint as a story liner on Shortland Street. His work includes: Te Maunga (2001), Awhi Tapu (2003) Yours Truly (2006) Te Karakia, Whero's New Net (2008) and the show band musical Raising the Titanics (2010).