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You've Never Had It So Good - Harcourts HB Arts Festival


Sat 8 Oct 2016, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: The Famous Spiegeltent, Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: racheljty

Theatre has never been so strong, varied, and exciting as it is right now. There are new shows being presented in New Zealand almost every day, from the mighty Civic in Auckland and the Pop-Up Globe to a thirty-seat theatre in a suburban café.

70 Years a Theatre-goer; 50 years a writer; 40 years a playwright.

Roger Hall’s first stage play, Glide Time, was produced in 1976 and was a smash hit throughout the country. His next play, Middle Age Spread, was equally successful and also went to the West End where it ran for 15 months and won Comedy of the Year Award. He has been writing a stage play every year since then, plus musicals and pantomimes.

He has written more than seventy sitcom episodes for TV, from Gliding On to Spin Doctors, and Conjugal Rites made and screened in the UK. Recent plays have included Four Flat Whites in Italy; A Short Cut to Happiness; You Can Always Hand Them Back and Last Legs.

He has been awarded a QSO, a CNZM and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University, and last year received the Prime Minister’s Award for Achievement in Literature, the first playwright to get this recognition.

Lynda Chanwai-Earle is a fourth-generation Chinese–New Zealander who was born in London. Having spent her early years in Papua New Guinea, Lynda completed her education in New Zealand, which earnt her a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Drama (The University of Auckland), as well as a Masters in Creative Writing (Victoria University of Wellington).

As a playwright, poet, filmmaker, and actor, Lynda has been breaking ground for over 20 years. Her acclaimed one-woman show Ka-Shue (Letters Home) (1996) was the first authentic Chinese-New Zealand play to hit stages both domestically and abroad. Man in a Suitcase premiered at the Court Theatre in Christchurch and toured to the Haidian Theatre in Beijing (2012) despite Chinese governmental censorship. Moreover, her acclaimed play Heat (STAB Festival, 2008) set in Antarctica was the first alternatively powered play to tour festivals around New Zealand in 2010-2011.

Lynda was the inaugural Writer in Residence at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China in 2015. In the past, she has also been invited to be a guest writer at the Hong Kong Literary Festival (2001), Philippines Asia–Pacific Poetry Conference (2002), the Queensland Poetry Festival (2003), and the Shanghai Literary Festival (2005). Lynda has also been short-listed for the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award twice.

Lynda was formerly a journalist for the weekly programme Asia Down Under on Television New Zealand. She is now a full-time Producer at Radio New Zealand, National creating the weekly Voices programme and other documentaries. She currently lives in Wellington with her two young daughters.

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