November 18, 2019

Nancy Brunning wins Bruce Mason playwriting award one day after death  

Felix Desmarais and Glenn McConnell  
Dominion Post, Nov 17 2019

Nancy Brunning has won the top playwriting award in New Zealand – just a day after her death. 

Brunning, best known for her performance as nurse Jaki Manu on Shortland Street, won the Bruce Mason Award posthumously at the 2019 Playmarket Accolades event at the Hannah Playhouse in Wellington on Sunday afternoon. 

The prize recognises the professional success of a playwright, with Hone Kouka, Jo Randerson and Victor Rodger among previous recipients. 

Playmarket director Murray Lynch said Brunning wrote with a personal and sharp-witted view of the world, “working to make visible the kinds of Māori women seldom seen on our stages and screens”. [More

[What this article doesn’t mention is that Nancy received her Bruce Mason Award last weekend, in the hospice – JS] 

Nancy’s nehu will be at 11.30 am on Wednesday morning, Raukawa Marae, Otaki. 

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