The Drama Hour

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Worst Best Night of Our Lives

By Teresa bass

A winner of the 2015 New Shorts Competition.

Becca has been dumped by her fiancé 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

Violet

Part of Stranger Things, the co-production between My Accomplice and Radio New Zealand for the 2015 Wellington Fringe Festival.

Interview with Sam Trubridge

Sam Trubridge is a director, performance designer, visual artist, and researcher in performance studies and design. He talks with Sonia Sly about his recent work in Wellington and his upcoming visit to New York.

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. The Big Squeak was broadcast recently.  You will be able to find that and all the other winning New Shorts plays online as they are rolled out.