2012 Shorts Season
Drones by Dan Bain
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.
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.
Forbidden Birds Embarrassed Bees by Dan Bain
Cast: Alex Greig as Martin, Chelsea Bognuda as Maria, Aroha White as Shanna, Jennifer martin as Jasmine and Duncan Smith as Mr Williams.
Everybody Winz! by Rebecca Barnes
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.
Cast: Tawanda Manyimo, Hayley Brown, Te Rina Thompson, Lean Waddham
Harden Up Miss Havisham by Christine Cessford
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.
Cast: Amy Tarleton, Emily Regtien, Susan Wilson, Judith Gibson
Pedantic Schmedantic by Sunil Narshai
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.
Cast: Chris Brougham as James, Aroha White as Michelle. Other roles were played by Nigel Collins, Jack Sergent and Richard Osborne.
One Door to Heaven by Joe Ryan
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.
Cast: Nick Dunbar, Hadleigh Walker, Michael Elsworth
HINE 3100 by Puawai Sindells-Wallace
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.
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.