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Playwriting for Actors: A Forum


Sun 7 May 2017, 9:00am–11:00am

Where: Nelson Musical Theatre, 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Hadley Taylor (Winner: Best Script Nelson Fringe 2016) and Laura Irish (Runner-up: Best Script Nelson Fringe 2016) team up to lead a discussion about playwriting for actors. They are both performers first and foremost who have found their way into writing. They write from the perspective of the actors and ultimately they write the roles they want to play. Come listen or have a chat about what makes the writing approach different for an actor and the strengths and weaknesses of writing your own parts. The forum panel will also discuss theatre in New Zealand and the importance of creating your own work. We may even get to the bottom of when Hadley and Laura both appeared in guest roles on Shortland Street within a week of each other, and one of them got killed off.

Hadley Taylor is an Auckland based actor, radio host, and MC. He moved to Auckland two years ago from Dunedin, where he co-founded the production company Counterpoint, and performed regularly at Fortune theatre. Since moving up north to study under Michael Saccente, he has appeared in Dust Palace’s Ithaca as Antero, as Aladdin in Twisted at the Basement Theatre, in the short film SAM334 and on Shortland St. Last year, much to Laura's dismay, Hadley won Best Script at the Nelson Fringe for his play Swimming with Whales in Tonga. His writing career started by writing sketch comedy for the OUSA Capping Show. Hadley has also written several cabarets, including the award winning Slice of Pie (James Wallace Emerging Artist).

Laura Irish is an award-winning actress, improviser, playwright and new Director of the Nelson Fringe. She was a founding member of Body in Space Theatre Company. Laura is also a trustee of the Nelson Fringe Charitable Trust and the New Zealand Improv Trust. She has written Hot Chocolate and The Trail's End, Misunderstood the Musical and currently has 3 new plays in works: Redwood, The Naiads and Plenty of Fish in the Sea: A Human Story. She was also on the writing team and acted for Down to the Wire, the award-winning short in the 2016 Christchurch HP48 Hour Film Festival with TBALC. She studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC in 2013 and has a healthy obsession with Shakespeare. Laura thinks it's fair to note that even though she lost Best Script to Hadley, she was on Shortland Street a week before him and her character didn't die.