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Bruce Mason

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1921–82),

New Zealand playwright, born in Wellington, educated at Victoria University College, Wellington. Of Mason's early plays, The End of the Golden Weather (1962), and his...

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Circa Theatre

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An actors' co-operative theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, founded in 1976 by a group of leading actors disaffected with Downstage Theatre. With its ‘actors' theatre’ policy and a...

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Colin McColl

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(b. Lower Hutt, New Zealand, 25 Dec. 1948)

Director. After experience in the United States, UK and Australia, he returned to New Zealand to become director of the Downstage...

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Ellie Smith

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(b. Auckland, New Zealand, 1950)

Actress, singer and director, known particularly for her outstanding performances in lead roles at Downstage, in Piaf (1982) by Pam Gems and in...

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George Henare

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(b. Te Araroa, New Zealand, 11 Sept. 1945)

Actor. After formal singing tuition at the College of Education, he toured New Zealand and Australia in Porgy and Bess (1965), remaining...

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Grant Tilly

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(b. Sydney, 12 Dec. 1937)

Actor and designer. After an apprenticeship in amateur theatre with Unity in Wellington, he studied in London and returned to New Zealand to become a ...

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Maori theatre

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

The oral culture of the indigenous Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) incorporates performative elements in formal oratory and traditional songs, and haka (dance) has both ritual and...

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Mervyn Thompson

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(1935–92)

New Zealand director and playwright. Thompson championed cultural nationalism of the left, both as an artistic director (of Christchurch's Court Theatre and Wellingon's...

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Peter Harcourt

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(b. Wellington, New Zealand, 26 June 1923; d. Wellington, 1995)

Theatre historian, radio journalist, scriptwriter, revue writer and performer. After eight years in London gaining...

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Ray Henwood

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(b. Swansea, Wales, 15 Jan. 1937)

Actor. Originally a scientist, he has worked in New Zealand mainly in Wellington at Downstage and Circa, which he co-founded in 1974. His...

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