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AGENT - WRITERS
Publication - print
The rights and interests of playwrights represented
The Playmarket Agency, headed by Murray Lynch, issues and manages performance licences, advises on and negotiates commission and collaboration agreements, manages royalty payments, maintains an archive of Playwrights’ work and materials related to it and circulates their plays to producers and theatres in NZ and internationally.
Practical support and advice to those in the business of writing plays
At the heart of the Advisory is a focus on supporting playwrights to write. Coordinated by Stuart Hoar, and making use of a raft of resources, industry knowledge, partnerships and networks we work to support all New Zealand playwrights.
NZ plays available to everyone, everywhere
With a comprehensive store of New Zealand plays (published and unpublished) and managed by Nick Doherty, the bookshop is here for all your play reading needs and enquiries. Check out our website or give Nick a call.
Competitions, Clinics, readings etc
Playmarket offers and supports a range of opportunities, competitions and initiatives for writers including (but not exclusively) the following:
Clinics with professional actors and directors
Readings (public and private)
Playmarket Plays for the Young competition
Bruce Mason Playwriting Award
Write Out Loud Dunedin
Adam New Zealand Play Award
Rebecca Mason Executive Coaching
Robert Lord Cottage Residency
Pasifika Playwrights development
Playmarket Playwrights’ Retreat
Matariki Playwrights development
Y&H Playwrights’ Initiative
Publications and communication
Coordinated by Salesi Le'ota, Playmarket uses a range of tools and media to communicate with our clients, producers, supporters and the public.
A series of NZ Plays published annually
Documenting and discussing the major developments for New Zealand drama on our stages for New Zealand and international readers.
Published monthly and distributed via email, the eBulletin provides news, opportunities, interesting articles and a calendar of what is happening around the country. Published the first Friday of each month February – December.
A bulletin sent out to schools bi-annually encouraging the continued growth of the NZ play in education and offering resources and opportunities to teachers.
DENISE WALSH – Obituary The death yesterday in Dunedin at the age of 71 of the well-known writer and director of plays for young people, Denise Walsh, was announced by the playwright’s agent, Murray Lynch, Director of Playmarket, the New Zealand playwrights’ agency and script development service. Denise Walsh is only the second New Zealand playwright (after Bruce Mason) and one of the few internationally (Harold Pinter and Noel Coward in London’s West End, Eugene O’Neill and Neil Simon on Broadway) to have a theatre named in her honour. The performing arts auditorium at Logan Park High School in North Dunedin, where until recently she was a long-serving teacher, is now to bear her name.
7 Mar 2014
DENISE WALSH – Obituary The death yesterday in Dunedin at the age of 71 of the well-known writer and director of plays for young people, Denise Walsh, was announced by the playwright’s agent, Murray Lynch, Director of Playmarket, the New Zealand playwrights’ agency and script development service. Denise Walsh is only the second New Zealand playwright (after Bruce Mason) and one of the few internationally (Harold Pinter and Noel Coward in London’s West End, Eugene O’Neill and Neil Simon on Broadway) to have a theatre named in her honour. The performing arts auditorium at Logan Park High School in North Dunedin, where until recently she was a long-serving teacher, is now to bear her name. [
6 Mar 2014
When Jason falls for a girl at his favourite video store, he turns to the one place he can trust for advice – the internet. The 2013 New Zealand Fringe (Wgtn) hit is rebooted for Dunedin Fringe 2014, an acerbic black comedy about our lives online, our lives offline, and the fragile barriers that separate the two. [
MO & JESS KILL SUSIE
11 Feb 2014
In the claustrophobic basement of an empty building, two armed Maori women wait with their bound, gagged and unconscious captive. The hostage, a Pakeha policewoman, is the trump card in a dramatic showdown between police and Maori protestors; her captors await orders on how to deal with their victim.... But as the night tightens around them and there’s no word, the women are forced to not only confront each other, but themselves. [
Erudite camaraderie often biting as well as funny
10 Feb 2014
The four scenes at the cafe take place a year apart, and so we see the men first panic, then come to terms with each new technological development, using smartphones and reading newspapers online while recalling regretfully the days when the Guardian Weekly was posted out from England ‘on almost translucent airmail paper’. It gives a nice smug feeling to be reminded of how far we’ve come. Is it really only a couple of years ago we were freaking out over iPads? And now I read (online) of a school where every student is given one. [
7 Feb 2014
What a clever idea, to solve the problem – and expense, I presume – of finding a venue in a fully-subscribed Fringe by staging your play in a car park. Not that inner city car parks are inexpensive, but then the area behind Te Papa, just round the corner from the Chaffer’s car park, is not an official parking area. And it does boast a handy grassy bank for the audience to sit upon – out of the evening sun and in the teeth of a biting southerly on this opening night, however, so be warned and do dress for the conditions. [
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